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The UK's largest lamp recycling plant opens

Mercury Recycling has opened the UK’s largest lamp recycling facility after a move to new premises and significant investment in new plant.

Mercury House in Trafford Park, Manchester covers 30,000 square feet and will have the capacity to process up to 40 million lamps per annum. It has on site distillation equipment for recovery of mercury from phosphor powders and a separate mercury decontamination area.

Mercury Recycling group chairman Lord Barnett said: “We recycled just 1% of the market in 2003. Now we process 10% of all fluorescent tubes, with that figure set to greatly increase in a needing market.”

At the centre of the operations are two 5000R Recyclers that are able to process up to 5,000 lamps per hour, while ensuring very low emissions to the atmosphere and giving very high levels of operator safety.

Lord Barnett added: “We are part of a vibrant recycling waste treatment sector that provides half a million jobs. With the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, that can only grow.”

Mercury has the capacity to collect from every postcode in the UK and their recycling process includes the recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, mercury-bearing phosphor powders, plastics and sodiums.

As there are only a handful of companies in the UK that are able to recycle fluorescent lamps, they are hoping to secure a significant share of contracts with major businesses and local authorities.

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