Sustainable Recycling of Lighting Products

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Key Objectives

To meet the WEEE Directive requirements and handle the increasingly large volumes of hazardous CFL and other gas discharge lamp waste best practice in lamp recycling needs to be improved and made commercially plausible. If this is achieved, there is a huge global market potential. The number of End of Life CFLs will more than double in the near future and the collection levels will increase from 10-20% up to 80-90%. First on the market with a technically and commercially effective process will be able to take a large part of this volume and be able to solve a huge environmental problem.

The CFL recycling technology to be developed in the project aims at achieving the following targets:

  • Separation of CFL into glass, phosphor powder, plastics, printed circuit boards and metal parts with the materials having the following maximum content of contamination
    1. Glass: mercury content <1-2ppm; plastic content <200 ppm; metal content <20 ppm
    2. Phosphor powder: mercury content <1-2 ppm
    3. Plastics: mercury content <1-2 ppm; glass content <1%
    4. Printed circuit boards: mercury content <1-2 ppm
    5. Metal parts: mercury content <1-2 ppm
  • Treatment capacity of 300 kg/h
  • No wet chemistry involved (or only small amounts of liquids required)
  • Affordable processing line, anticipated target pricing of maximum 350 000 Euro
  • Continuous, automated process (less mercury exposure for operatives)
  • Flexible (modular), compact, closed system that can be integrated into existing processes
An FP7 Supported Project
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