company brings lamp recycling system to the States
Balcan Engineering Ltd.’s waste lamp recycling
system is now available in the United States. The system crushes
whole lamps and gas-filled bulbs, as well as debris from broken
lamps, then safely separates the components and cleanly collects
them into drums.
There is no need for manual sorting, as Balcan’s system can process
a variety of bulbs at the same time – including compact fluorescent
lamps and energy-saving bulbs, along with plastic-sleeved fluorescent
tubes. This method results in a separated assortment of glass,
mercury, and a mixture of plastic and metal materials. Alternatively,
when only one type of bulb is processed, then all components
will be separated. For example, fluorescent tubes are sorted
independently into glass, aluminum and phosphor powder containing
As most lamps contain mercury, the machine uses negative pressure
operation to separate it out and ensure the phosphor dust and
vapor are correctly handled for disposal. This not only allows
the other parts – glass, metals and plastics – to be recycled
for further use, but also diminishes the negative impact that
mercury has on the environment and human health.
The system only uses 10 to 20 kilowatts of energy, compared with
up to 50 kw by similar machinery, which helps reduce its carbon
footprint. Balcan has also replaced its longest inclined conveyor
with a vertical vibrating spiral elevator that takes up less
horizontal space, so the overall size of the system is more compact.
An additional benefit of these spiral elevators is that they
are made of steel, which will not only overcome the traditional
wear and tear of conventional fabric-belted conveyors, but will
also convey materials up the spiral in the direction of the vibration,
so that the aggressive nature of the glass debris should take
many more years to wear the metal away.
With one model already in use in Massachusetts, and five more
to be installed in various states by the end of the year, three
models of Balcan’s waste lamp recycling system are available
in the United States:
In 2006 the company won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the
UK’s highest accolade for business success – for its innovative
design and efficient, economical, and environmental processing.
For more information, please visit www.cfl-lamprecycling.com.