Recycling Light Bulbs with Advanced Screeners

What happens to a light bulb after it blows? Usually, flourescent light bulbs get crushed down and then disposed of in a landfill somewhere. However, during the past few years, scientists have discovered that the phosphor powder in fluorescent light bulbs may contaminate the soil. This can lead to possible contamination of people’s water supplies. Numerous companies have already learned that screening the crushed light bulbs is an efficient way to save the environment and and recycling light bulbs can create a new supply of phosphor powder.

Elcan’s Approach

A potential customer visited Elcan asking if we could attempt to screen broken glass for them on our advanced screening equipment. The customer was looking to remove this valuable phosphor powder and then resell it on the market. After a few trials on different machines, Elcan was able to find a solution for the cutomer. Using one of our advanced, double deck screening systems we were successfully able to screen out the phosphor powder. We efficiently separated the powder at 213 and 50 microns.

Removing the minus 50 micron particles efficiently allowed the manufacturer to dispose of these broken light bulbs without having to pay to have them be disposed of as a hazardous material. Recycling light bulbs not only helped avoid polluting landfills, but the customer was able to create a new product. For this project, Elcan handled millions of pounds of broken light bulbs and was able to turn was seemed like trash into a new product for the customer.

For any application where you are having trouble removing fine particles or contaminants Elcan can help. For 25 years we have made a living off of finding solutions to problems that others can not. We are open to testing out any of our machines on applications customers seemingly can not find a solution for. Our toll processing facility has the capacity to handle millions of pounds of product. Call today to find out more! (914)-381-7500

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Elcan handled millions of pounds of broken light bulbs
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