|Lamps and Tubes|
The Mercury from a single Fluorescent Tube is enough to pollute 30,000 Litres of Water beyond the safe drinking level in the UK.
Fluorescent Tubes contain in general 94% Glass, 4% Ferrous and Non ferrous metals, and 2% Phosphor Powder, It is within this phosphor powder that the most hazardous element is contained - Mercury.
The Environment Agency has therefore determined that Fluorescent Tubes are now classified as Hazardous Waste in England and Wales, as Special Waste by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), and therefore should preferably be recycled or if absolutely necessary, taken to specific landfill sites which can cater for mercury bearing wastes. The actual number of sites in the UK that can cater for such waste is very limited and, given high transportation and disposal costs nowadays, this makes recycling of your Fluorescent Tubes and Lamps the most economical and environmentally friendly option.
Unlike basic recycling or 'lamp disposal', offered by some of our competitors, Mercury Recycling offers True Closed Loop recycling utilising an in-house distillation process. This process involves separating the individual components of Fluorescent tubes and other discharge lamps and recovering them for recycling or re-use in a variety of industries. We are one of the few companies in the UK that actually distil and recover the mercury from the phosphor powder. We can, using our Superior Distiller, purify the mercury into various grades and this is then reused in various industries. We currently supply our recovered mercury to two major Lamp Manufacturers in the UK where it is used in the production of new lamps thereby closing the loop.
Apart from the Environmental aspect to Recycling Fluorescent Tubes and Lamps, it is also very important to the health and safety of your employees, an employee for example attempting to dispose of a Fluorescent Tube in a skip, not only would he be condemning the whole skip as Hazardous Waste, with costly consequences of its safe disposal, but he would also be exposed to the potential dangers of broken glass and also the inhalation of small amounts of toxic materials released as dust and vapour.
If you're looking to recycle lamps of any kind give us a call and we'll guide you through the process.