Glass is drawn into the plant and crushed further before undergoing a dry process that separates the phosphor powder from the glass and metal. The phosphor powder contains mercury and is taken to a specialist facility for mercury and rare earth metal recovery. Eddy currents and magnets remove aluminium and steel used in the end caps. The high quality glass cullet is then treated and used within fibre glass and block manufacture or goes for use as aggregate. Plastic and other constitunet parts are also separated for further processing and recycling.
This state-of-the-art recycling process puts us ‘light years ahead’!