Lightbulb recycling process

Lightbulbs - Recycling Process


A few methods are used in the UK to recycle energy saving lamps and fluorescent tubes. One of these methods is outlined below:

  • The lamps and tubes are pre-broken
  • They are washed to remove contaminants
  • A distiller is then used to extract the elemental mercury, which is reused, and phosphor powder
  • The glass, metals and plastics are broken down into smaller pieces
  • These materials are then separated and sent on to other recycling plants for further recycling, and turned into something new!

End products of light bulb and fluorescent tube recycling 

  1. Elemental Mercury
  2. Distiller Phosphor Powder
  3. Glass
  4. Metals
  5. Cardboard
  6. Plastics