Fluorescent tubes aren't the easiest type of objects to recycle...it all gets pretty technical!
In general, your average fluorescent tube contains:
- 94% Glass
- 4% Ferrous and Non ferrous metals
- 2% Phosphor Powder.
That's three types of material which could definitely be put to good use again.
There are several ways to recover materials that used to make a lamp.
Glass is extracted from bulbs by being crushed or by using pressurised containers. This gets mixed with a new glass melt which can could be used for other products.
Through a distillation process, a chemical called Phosphor is extracted. Phosphor contains Mercury which when purified to the right level can be re-used in a new bulb, as well as any other industrial process.
Any metals obtained are then sent off to be re-used in other products.
The important stuff to remember?
The Mercury from 1 single Fluorescent Tube is enough to pollute 30,000 Litres of Water beyond the safe drinking level in the UK.
Imagine the effect this can have on our ecosystem if the mercury finds it's way into a river.
Our fluorescent tube boxes will hold up to 40 tubes at a time. That's 40 Fluorescent light bulbs full of Mercury you can prevent from going to landfill.