Our Lamp Recycling Service - U-waste recycling Solutions (U-WRS)

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We accept  many different  type of lamps  including straight fluorescent tubes, u-shaped,  mercury vapor, metal halide, arc, compact fluorescent, flood lamps, incandescent, halogen  and HID lamps to name a few.
Did you know that all fluorescent and HID lamps contain small amounts of mercury; a key element in energy efficient lighting.  Mercury is toxic and it is important that lamps and other products that contain mercury be recycled properly.
U-WRS provides environmentally compliant lamp handling solutions that are second to none.  Our facility is permitted by the EPA to accept intact and pre-crushed lamps of all types and sizes.  Fluorescent lamps will be transported to and from our facility in accordance with local state and federal regulations.   The containers will be inventoried, stored and staged prior to being shipped off site for processing.   After temporary storage, the lamps will be shipped to our downstream facility for processing.

At this facility, processing and physical separation of fluorescent lamps containing mercury will take place.  The lamp glass is broken and crushed by rotating drums and moved to a system that separates each component and deposits it into a container.  The material is separated by a separator and a particle and vapor filtration system.   The material will be separated into streams of end caps, clean glass, phosphor powder and elemental mercury.  U-WRS downstream recycling facilities "cradle-to-grave" treatment process limits the superfund liability with the use of other recyclers that utilize brokers for the treatment process.  U-WRS downstream does not broker out any portion of the treatment process.

End caps are collected in drums, sampled and analyzed for mercury content and sent off site to a metals recycler for their aluminum content.  Glass is sampled and analyzed for mercury content and sent for disposal or recycling off site.  The phosphor powder is separated from the glass and collected, sampled and shipped off site for retort.  The ferrous filaments of the lamps are removed by a magnetic separator and sent for retort.  The mercury recovered from the retort process is triple distilled and sold on the domestic market.  Retorted mercury is distilled three times to remove impurities.  Technically, pure mercury is sold to companies that manufacture mercury containing devices or utilize mercury in electronics for various research and development applications.

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