How To Recycle Lamps and Bulbs

Lamp disposal, bulb recycling, ballast disposal, and tube recycling—all these only mean the same thing, lamp recycling. With the directive from various authorities, recycling our lamps and bulbs becomes mandatory. So, people have no other option but to follow this law and recycle their lamps.

However, having contact with lamps is very dangerous. That is why there are companies offering lamp recycling. Every lamp recycling company owns equipment and containers they use to safety and effectively recycle bulbs instead of leaving a lamp broken. With this option, you can now have a worry-free way of disposing your hazardous light bulbs and lamps.

To get you acquainted more with lamp recycling, here is some equipment used for this process:

  1. Lamp Crushers. A very important process in lamp recycling is lamp crushing. By crushing used lamps, recycling of these highly hazardous wastes will be easier. However, there are some problems with this equipment. Crushing broken lamps allows mercury to escape into the air, which might cause some danger to anyone who comes in contact with it. That is why lamp crushers used by every lamp recycling company have special covers that prevent mercury from escaping. Meanwhile, other lamp crushers include a filter inside so that air from the equipment is surely mercury-free before it is let out into the atmosphere.
  2. Lamp Storage. This equipment is used before the broken lamps are fed to the lamp crusher. Lamp storage is simply a place where the lamps can stay safely without affecting the air. For this reason, lamp storage has a special mechanism disallowing the escape of mercury. Its architecture is also especially designed to allow safe feeding of the broken lamps into the lamp crusher.
  3. Lamp Bank. Storing broken lamps for a longer period of time will need a better storage unit than just a simple lamp storage—this is called the lamp bank. A lamp bank is surrounded with preventive mechanisms disallowing mercury to ever escape into the air. This is also well-crafted to allow mobility without the danger of spilling broken lamps with their highly-dangerous mercury.
  4. Lamp Recycling Plant. Depending on the lamp recycling plant’s engineering, this can be the last step of the lamp recycling process. After crushing the lamps, the bulb bits are brought to the lamp recycling plant. Once inside the equipment, the crushed lamps are process, separating the mercury from the glass. Then, the mercury is contained in a storage area inside the plant while the broken glass is separated from the metal using a magnet. The broken glass is further cleaned to ensure that no trace of mercury is left. On the other hand, the entire plant's air is filtered many times to make sure that no mercury will escape into the air.

Whatever you may call it—lamp disposal, bulb recycle, ballast disposal, or tube recycling—all these will be successful with this equipment.

Meanwhile, remember always that being Irish or living in Bethlehem does not matter much in terms of lamp recycling. Caring for our only world is everyone’s responsibility. So, whether you like it or not, you need to dispose of those hazardous bulbs and never leave a lamp broken anywhere. If not, your children and grandchildren will surely suffer the consequences. 


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