Veolia opens Massachusetts electronics recycling facility
A new Veolia electronics recycling facility that serves businesses and consumers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states has opened in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and features the latest state-of-the-art recycling of fluorescent lamps, ballast, batteries, computer electronics and mercury-bearing waste. The new facility replaces one in Stoughton, where Veolia has been operating since 2000.
“As technology improves, we’re able to break down and reclaim even more materials, especially hazardous materials, and prevent them from entering the waste stream,” stated Jim Bell, CEO and president of Veolia ES Technical Solutions.
The ability to process and reclaim material instead of sending it to a landfill is a primary goal of the facility. Veolia installed new processing equipment that allows for more than 99 percent of a fluorescent lamp, by weight, to be recycled. The company not only separates a fluorescent lamp into its core components of glass, aluminum and mercury-bearing phosphor power, but also reclaims the mercury and works with partners to recover rare-earth elements from the phosphor powder.
Veolia currently processes approximately 15.5 million lbs. of lighting and electronic waste annually, and over 155 lbs. of elemental mercury is reclaimed from recycling fluorescent lamps. New state-of-the-art recycling equipment will provide for an increased capacity for fluorescent lamps by 150 percent.
The new 55,000 sq.ft. West Bridgewater facility incorporates expanded employee locker rooms and decontamination area, a permitted Class C area for mercury recovery activities and a permitted TSCA/ballast processing area. The facility is conveniently located with access to major highways connecting to the northeast corridor.
All 75 employees from Stoughton facility are now working at the West Bridgewater site. As volumes increase, staffing levels are likely to increase as well.