There is no life without light. To conveniently and safely remove darkness even during the night, the invention of light bulbs took place. With time, manufacturers started to use mercury in their bulbs. Mercury gives out a lot of light while using little energy. As these fluorescent lamps became more popular (due to less energy consumption) the use of chemicals in the bulbs increased.
There is no doubt that small amounts of mercury in a single bulb have little to no effect on the surroundings. But if these bulbs break or for some reason the contents of the bulbs leak, then it can cause significant damage to the environment. The State of Minnesota recognizes the implications of the harmful impact of fluorescent lamps on the environment. Keeping this in mind, awareness campaigns are conducted regularly throughout the year. There are many outlets, both government based and in the private sector throughout the state that accept old fluorescent lamps and recycle them.
It is vital to remember that recycling fluorescent lamps is mandatory. Any individual who fails to do so may face legal implications in Minnesota
Plastic Coated and Shielded Tubes
Compact Fluorescent (CFL’s)
Green Tipped Bulbs
U-Bend or U-Shaped
Ultra Violet (UV) Lamps
Neon, Argon and other Cold Cathode
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps
Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium
Recycling Process of Flourescent Lamps
The recycling process of fluorescent lamps generally involves the same steps for every organization performing the task. They are summarized as follows:
1. The fluorescent bulbs are collected and contained within a box.
2. Machines extract all the mercury from the bulbs.
3. Metals such as aluminum are extracted and crush into a fine form.
4. Glass is separated, crushed, and then further down-cycled for future usage.
5. Each separated material is sent to organizations that accept them for further processing.
We offer a nationwide Universal Waste Mail-In Program, making it easy to recycle your light bulbs with us from anywhere in the country.
1. Purchase your Mail-In Boxes by calling 763-559-5130 or going to www.RecycleTechnologies.com/mail-in-program/
2. Fill boxes with spent bulbs
3. Ship back to us with FedEx and the prepaid shipping label we included in your Mail-In box!
What to do when Recycling Flourescent Lamps?
If one of your fluorescent lamps stops working, it is best to wrap it up in a sheet of paper or cloth and put it in a labeled box. Collect all the bulbs in that box with time. When you have collected more than 20 lamps or bulbs for recycling purposes, it is best to reach out to a local organization to find out how to dispose of them.
If for some reason you are unable to keep them intact and the bulb breaks, carefully collect all the pieces, wrap it up, put a distinct label on it and then deliver it to the nearest recycling outlet.
Minnesota Light Bulb Recycling Services
At recycle technologies we accept all kinds of fluorescent lamps. It is vital to remember that we are one of the few organizations that recycle fluorescent bulbs and tubes onsite. We do not outsource the recycling work to any third party.
Fluorescent tubes are the most difficult to handle during disposal. Due to this reason, Recycle Technologies encourages citizens all around Minnesota to hire their services to recycle the tubes. Our recycling experts have vast experience in handling the process of fluorescent tube recycling. We follow an ethical, standardized, and regulated approach to our recycling techniques.
For further queries, contact or email us!
Do not forget: batteries thrown on the pavements or in the regular garbage are not recycled in any scenario. It is vital to hand them over to an
We accept all kinds of batteries, including those found in cars, laptops, mobile phones, and laptops.
We offer recycling solutions for a broad range of electronic and computer related products.