Four Easy Steps To Recycling Fluorescent Bulbs And Lighting
July 16, 2015
Ecocycle is Australia’s largest fluorescent lights recycling company. We also recycle light bulbs that don’t contain mercury.
In Australia, disposing of light bulbs usually means dumping millions of them into landfill. The problem is, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps contain mercury. It may only be a small amount per lamp, but with such large volumes involved this waste stream represents a significant source of mercury pollution. It takes just one gram of mercury to contaminate a billion litres of water beyond acceptable limits, so you can understand why we take fluorescent light bulb recycling so seriously.
For everyone in the lighting industry, from retailers to electricians, playing a part in fluorescent lamps recycling couldn’t be easier.
Just Four Simple Steps
- Simply call one of our lighting waste specialists, who will discuss your needs and design the perfect waste collection solution for you. For smaller quantities of lighting waste we supply collection boxes specifically designed for fluorescent tube disposal, and cartons more suited to compact fluorescent lamps, sodium vapour lamps and halogen lights. For larger volumes of lighting we offer wheelie bins and small and large stillages.
- A single charge for each box covers delivery, pick up and recycling costs. Bins and stillages are charged according to weight and distance travelled.
- We deliver the boxes or bins to your door.
- Once they are full just give us a call and we’ll arrange for pickup. While we’re at it, we will also take old ballasts, lighting frames and old wiring.
How Do We Recycle Mercury?
Your lighting waste is brought back to our purpose-built, fully EPA licensed facilities.
Fluorescent bulb recycling begins with the lamps and tubes being fed into the LP600 Light Waste Processing Plant. In an enclosed process metal (mostly aluminium) and glass are stripped out. That leaves behind the phosphor powder that contains the mercury. This goes into a distiller where the mercury is turned to vapour and then condensed back into high-purity mercury metal.
Everything is recycled. Glass, aluminium, copper and steel all have their own markets. Clean phosphor powder can be used to make new fluorescent lights, and the mercury goes back to the industry to create a truly closed recycling loop.
Meet ISO 14001 And Environmental Targets Australia Wide
The proper disposal of fluorescent lights really is that easy. And with the Minimata Convention set to impose tighter controls on the fluorescent light disposal in the near future, now is a good time to get started.
Ecocycle are much more than fluorescent lamp recyclers. Although they don’t contain mercury, we also recycle halogen and incandescent lamps, and provide certificates of destruction under state energy efficiency programs, helping you to meet ISO 14001 and Environmental policies and targets.
Get Started Today
Call 1300 32 62 92 or fill out the form below and speak with one of our lighting waste specialists today: