South Africa’s first lamp and bulb recycling plant

Primera planta de reciclaje de lámparas y bombillas en Sudáfrica

Balcan Engineering, the global provider of bulb and lamp recycling systems, is celebrating the completion of its first South African contract with E-Waste Africa – the company that has just opened the country’s first ever light bulb recycling plant. The opening of E-Waste Africa’s recycling plant marks a significant step forward in the management of e-waste in South Africa, where it was made illegal for individuals or companies to send e-waste to landfills in 2008. The plant was officially opened by South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Environmental Affairs, Ms. Barbara Thomson. The opening ceremony was also attended by other local authority representatives, as well as representatives of the two companies that participated in the project, Alistair Rinfret and Pravashen Naidoo, Managing Directors of Balcan Engineering and E-Waste Africa respectively.

Balcan Engineering has worked closely with E-Waste Africa to install its MP8000 bulb and lamp recycling plant. The MP8000 system incorporates the latest technology and has the capability to recycle fluorescent lighting and almost all other types of crushed and whole lamps.

All elements of the lamps are safely recycled, with the metal end caps and glass separated and cleaned. A dust filter collects phosphor powder and fine glass particles, and the toxic mercury vapour is drawn through an active carbon filter ensuring that only clean air is released into the atmosphere, safeguarding users. The MP8000 also features a conveyor-fed loading system for the fluorescent tubes, which ensures safe and efficient handling.

As part of the complete system, Balcan also supplied its portable Lamp Crusher to allow E-Waste Africa to offer an onsite crushing and collection service, reducing volume and improving safety for transportation.

The MP800 recycling unit is the largest in the Balcan Engineering range. It combines a multi-purpose unit with a high-capacity, conveyer-fed crushing system that can handle 5,000 fluorescent tubes per hour (the equivalent of between 1,800 and 2,000 kg/ hour, depending on whether the bulbs and lamps are fed into the system crushed or whole).

Article published in: FuturENVIRO December 2014