E-Waste Africa has brought the first African commercial Lamp Recycling Plant to South Africa, which consists of the MP8000 Lamp Recycler which was installed and commissioned in South Africa in July 2014.
Our lamp and bulb recycling plant deals with all types of commonly used lamps consisting of all shapes and sizes, e.g. straight fluorescent, u-tube, HID, sodium, compact fluorescent bulb (CFL).
The world class state of the art E-Waste Africa lamp recycling technology also means that our system leads the way for other lamp recycling plants making us a market leader in our respective industry, as it will process all compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and energy saving bulbs without the need for sorting.
Current recycling systems currently only deal with specific types of lamps and the processing of others may require additional purchasing of expensive front end add-ons or separate stand-alone systems. Some bulb recycling companies may even have to improvise, by having to manually separate the glass from the bulky plastic fitting which will otherwise cause damage to the system. This improvisation can ultimately put the machine operator at potential severe risk from unnecessary exposure to mercury and broken glass.
Why Recycle Lamps?
Whilst most businesses are aware of the environmental impact of discarded gas discharge lamps (mercury, sodium lamps and bulbs), many households do not realise that these lamps contain mercury and the severity of the implications if mercury had to be released into the ecosystem as it incurs numerous health risks in a chain reaction.
Whilst the mercury content in bulbs has reduced significantly over the years we cannot escape the fact that today’s compact fluorescent lamps and bulbs (CFL or energy savers, as they are commonly called) still contain a few milligrams of mercury. Depending on their usage, lamps have a lifespan of a few years and whilst today’s lamps & bulbs have a lower mercury content than before, there are still many in circulation and disposed of each year which contain much higher levels of mercury.
Recycling of lamps and bulbs is the best solution for the environment for the following reasons:
1. One fluorescent tube contains enough mercury to pollute 30,000 litres of water.
2. Lamp materials are in general 94% glass, 5% metals or plastic and 1% mercury bearing phosphor powder – why throw away these valuable commodities?
3. Landfill space is at a premium throughout the African continent and South Africa and the costs of disposing to these landfills increase exponentially annually.