This grouping includes neon tubes and energy-efficient light bulbs, known as compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), while old filament bulbs and halogen lamps are not classified as WEEE.
Lamps are crushed and washed or treated in pressurised containers.
Special machines are used for the removal of phosphorus and mercury. The remaining material is divided into glass, metal and plastic.
The recovered phosphorus powder and mercury can be reused to produce new lamps. Shattered glass can be used to cover ovens or, if sufficiently pure, make new lamps. Aluminium bases are melted while other metals are recycled.
ERP Italia is the founder of the WEEE Coordination Centre (CDCRAEE) and the National Coordination Centre for Batteries and Accumulators (CDCNPA) and is recognised as an authoritative, efficient and reliable organisation to simplify the management of contributions and its members’ regulatory compliance.
- Powder recovery