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Tubes processed in the US

Balcan MP8000 2000

Success in the US continues for lamp recycling supplier Balcan Engineering, as Phoenix-based recycler Lighting Resources (LR) began to use its fourth system.

The custom-built MP8000, which can handle up to 5,000 linear tubes an hour, left Lincolnshire for Arizona in November.

Ron Hughes, vice-president for sales and customer service at LR, said: “The Balcan equipment is world class. It provides a consistently cleaner by-product that supports beneficial reuse. When we market these end by-products, we can boast that our glass, end caps and phosphor powder are nearly identical across the US.

“The equipment can be configured several ways, which is an advantage as space is limited in some cases.”

The MP8000 recycles all elements of the lamps safely, with the metal end caps and glass separated and cleaned. Mercury-bearing phosphor powder is collected in drums while the toxic mercury vapour is drawn through an activated carbon filter, ensuring that only clean air is released into the atmosphere.

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