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Treatment of lamps

Glass can be reused in the industry, for example making glass wool.

The lamps collected from the collection points are delivered to the partner’s recycling facility. In the treatment process, the fluorescent tubes are crushed in a chemical solution that binds the mercury in the tubes. Metallic mercury is converted to mercury sulfide, which is also its most common occurrence in the bedrock.

The metal and glass are washed and screened. Metal and glass are supplied as secondary raw materials to the glass wool and metal industries. More than 90 percent of fluorescent glass and material are separated for further use. Only mercury sulphide ends up in final disposal. The mercury content of metal and glass is analyzed regularly.

Pictures: Fortum Waste Solutions

Recycled energy saving lamps are utilized for energy production