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Lamp Recycling from A to Z

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With the ever increasing popularity of high efficiency fluorescence lighting, it is more important than ever to understand best practices for lamp disposal and other hazardous waste. Fluorescent lamps contain anyway from five to fifty mmg of mercury an essential component in the efficient production of visible light. This drop of mercury is contained inside the lamp throughout to effective light, and can only be released when the lamp is broken. It is estimated than nearly 100% of the 600 million lamps sent to landfills and incinerated each year are broken, amounting to 30000 pounds of mercury waste. The mercury vapors emited during improper disposal are released in the air, and can travel over 200 miles. Mercury and its vapors are highly toxic to the human nerve system, and particularly poisinous to the kidneys. Because of its harmful effects on people and the environment, The EPA recommends recycling all spent lamps. In many states, legislation has been passed, banning mercury containing lamps from solid waste landfills. Fortunately there are solutions available that are both cost-effective and easy to use. Lamp crushing provides a quick and storage friendly aproach to disposing spent lamps, as they are collected at your facility. the EPA and OSHA compound bulb gear can crush a four foot of fluorescence lamp in approximately one second, saving roughly twenty hours of labor per 1000 lamps. A save work environment is maintained, as 99.9% of hazardous particulates and gases are captured by a three-stage filter process. Once the drumm is full, it is ready to be sealed for a recycling pick-up. Each drum can hold up to 1350 crushed fluorescence lamps. Tipical cutting recycling costs 50% or more. Scheduling a pick-up is easy as picking up the phone or loging on to A dedicated recycling coordinator will work to set up a pick up date that works with your schedule On the arraged date a certified recycler will pick up the drum from your facility and deliver it to the recycling center or processing. When the drum reaches the recycling center, it is unloaded from the truck, and take with a unique identifier. A forktlift then transports the drum on to a conveyor. The conveyor reach into an elevator, lifting the full drum, and emptying the contents into the recycling system. Once in the system, the operating conditions meet even the toughest environmental standards. The entyre process is fully automated and contained, preventing mercury from beign released into the environment. Exhauster is constantly discharged through the internal carbon filtrers. The fast foward powder is separated in different steps from the biproducts. The mercury bearing powder is collected in store barrerls beneath the cyclon and the self-cleaning dust filters. The clean glass is transferred into larger storage dumpsters. Aluminum and caps are separated and stored as well. This mercury bearing powder is then retorded to drive the mercury out of the powder At the end of the process, the glass, metals and caps, powder and mercury can all be reused.. Once the materials have been fully processed by the recycling facility, and official certificate recycling will be produced for record keeping Obtainign a certificate is proof of compliance with all the state and federal EPA regulations, and a guaranteed way to avoid fines and inforcement actions, which can easily exceed the costs of lamp recycling. Lamp recycling places an important role in protecting the environment and achieving sustainability goals, primarily in the reuse of natural resources and responsible handling of hazardous waste. During the life cicle of a lamp, the cost of recycling is less than 1% of the cost of ownership. Implementing a lamp recycling program is a simple, affordable and responsible objective for any facility.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 20 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: First Light Productions
Director: Air Cycle Corporation
Views: 80
Posted by: aircycle on Mar 23, 2009

The environmental and health dangers of fluorescent lamps and how they can be disposed of safely and affordably.

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