As a market-leading manufacturer of UV lamps, here at Alpha-Cure Ltd we view it as our responsibility to help manage and finance the end-of-life treatment of our products. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations were implemented in 2007 and set about increasing the reuse and recycling of waste equipment by reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill.
The WEEE directive requires that all used electronic products (which includes ultraviolet lamps) must be recycled/disposed-of separately from normal household waste in order to optimise re-use and recycling. This also helps to reduce the quantity of waste placed in landfills and helps to regulate harmful chemicals. It is illegal to dispose of your lamps any way other than the method stated in the Health & Safety Executive’s guidelines.
Alpha-Cure is proud to be a member of the UK’s leading WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, Recolight, which manages this on our behalf.
Alpha-Cure offers its customers a free-of-charge disposal service for used lamps, and that includes our new customers wishing to dispose of old lamps not manufactured by Alpha-Cure. All you will need to take care of is the packing and carriage of the lamps you wish to dispose of. Contact us for more details to ensure that you are 100% compliant with environmental guidelines at all times.
Here are some great statistics which illustrate exactly why being a part of this scheme is so important:
What happens to the lamps when they are recycled?
The materials recovered from the various processes used in the industry can be used in a number of different ways.
- It is feasible to recover the lamp phosphor powders, particularly the triphosphor type, and re-use them to make new lamps.
- The mercury collected, when purified to the right level, may also be used to make new lamps or it may be used in other industrial processes.
- The crushed glass can be mixed with a new glass melt for a variety of applications, from furnace linings to making new lamps, though in this latter case the purity level of the recovered glass becomes very important.