Fluorescent Tube Recycling

The Mercury from 1 single Fluorescent Tube is enough to pollute 30,000 Litres of Water beyond the safe drinking level in the UK.
Fluorescent Tubes contain in general 94% Glass, 4% Ferrous and Non ferrous metals, and 2% Phosphor Powder, It is within this phosphor powder that the most hazardous element is contained- Mercury.

The Environment Agency has therefore determined that Fluorescent Tubes are now classified as Hazardous Waste in England and Wales , as Special Waste by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), and therefore should preferably be recycled or if absolutely necessary, taken to specific landfill sites which can cater for mercury bearing wastes. The actual number of sites in the UK that can cater for such waste is very limited and, given high transportation and disposal costs nowadays, this makes recycling of your Fluorescent Tubes and Lamps the most economical and environmentally friendly option.

Unlike basic recycling or 'lamp disposal', offered by some of our competitors, Mercury Recycling offers True Closed Loop recycling utilising an in-house distillation process. This process involves separating the individual components of Fluorescent tubes and other discharge lamps and recovering them for recycling or re-use in a variety of industries. We are one of the few companies in the UK that actually distil and recover the mercury from the phosphor powder. We can, using our Superior Distiller, purify the mercury into various grades and this is then reused in various industries. We currently supply our recovered mercury to two major Lamp Manufacturers in the UK where it is used in the production of new lamps thereby closing the loop.

Apart from the Environmental aspect to Recycling Fluorescent Tubes and Lamps, it is also very important to the health and safety of your employees, an employee for example attempting to dispose of a Fluorescent Tube in a skip, not only would he be condemning the whole skip as Hazardous Waste, with costly consequences of its safe disposal, but he would also be exposed to the potential dangers of broken glass and also the inhalation of small amounts of toxic materials released as dust and vapour.

Therefore all in all, Recycling Fluorescent Tubes and Lamps via Mercury Recycling can be the most economical, ethical and environmentally safe option you have!!!!.

Mercury Recycling 
Coronavirus Business Continuity Statement

We would like to reassure all customers during the crisis caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that we are still accepting requests and are ready to collect your waste Lamps, Batteries and Electronic Items.

We are closely monitoring the crisis and following the guidelines given by the government and the World Health Organisation.

If the situation should change we will post on the Mercury Recycling website (https://www.mercuryrecycling.co.uk) any changes to our operating procedures.

As this crisis has developed we would like to reassure you that our main concern is the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers and with this in mind we have made changes to reduce staff in our offices by allowing staff to work remotely from home and to keep customers fully informed with our waste services.

Mercury Recycling hope that you are all keeping safe and you are not largely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We would like to thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times.

Any questions please call 0161 877 0977

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