Photo: Lake Stefaniada Argithea Karditsa Greece
by Maroulis Chrysanthos
In recent years, we have learned about lamp recycling and how important it is for the environment.
It is a necessary step towards reducing pollution, but also for collecting materials for creating new products within society.
Why is it necessary to recycle lamps?
Firstly, we can achieve the environmentally sound management of mercury, which is a dangerous chemical element that must not be released into the environment.
On the contrary, by recycling lamps, we ensure its safe collection and full recovery, so that it may be reused in other products.
But lamps are almost fully utilized. Apart from mercury, other useful materials, mainly glass, metals and plastic, are recovered during their processing.
These materials are not discarded with waste, so there is no further increase in the volume of trash or the difficulty in managing it
Lamps are collected in special recycling bins. Special bins are placed at the following selected points: lamp outlets, electrical equipment stores, super markets and collection points provided by participating municipalities.
It is important to place lamps in the special bins, without their packaging, and taking care to avoid breaking them. CFLs in particular must be placed in a separate part at the back of the special bin.
All economy lamps, fluorescent lamps, low-or-high-pressure sodium-vapor lamps, high-pressure mercury-vapor lamps and LED technology lamps are recycled.