Category Archives: WEEE

Concentrating on value

In an earlier post we posed the question why fluorescent powder from waste light bulbs, which could be said to contain higher concentrations of heavy rare earth elements (REE) than virgin rock ore that is being mined, is not economical for urban mining. The question is worth revisiting in light of recent developments. The first has been some new research by … Continue reading

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Good lamp, and bad data, collection

We have written before about the issues with collecting small WEEE like lamps.  So the question is, how are countries doing in the EU with collecting and recycling of lamps, particularly mercury containing gas discharge lamps?  To find the answer, we had a look in the Eurostat WEEE statistics. First we should say that nearly everyone we have spoken with … Continue reading

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Meet “The Collector”

I have been checking out the new “Samlaren” or “The Collector” here now in grocery stores southern Sweden.  Samlaren was a design project by Renova and Chalmers students in response to the need for better small electronics collection. Four Samlaren were tested in Gothenburg in 2009.  The first year Samlaren collected 4.5 kg of waste (compared to just over 5kg at five recycling centers). A study … Continue reading

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Recycling rare elements in lamps

A reason for energy efficient lamps being important for resource efficiency and circular economy agendas has much to do with the rare and critical elements found in fluorescent and LED lamps. Rare earths are used on the phosphor coating of lamps to produce soft white light (a well as other colours of light). While rare earths for lighting only account for 7% of the global … Continue reading

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Lighting and the environment – the global perspective

I mentioned in an earlier post about the phase out of inefficient lighting in many countries around the world (shown in the map from UNEP above) and the need to ensure we are recycling and dealing with used lamps in an environmental sound manner (countries with some measures in place are shown in the map from UNEP below). It might be worth … Continue reading

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What’s the big deal with small lamps?

In much of the literature around recycling light bulbs there is mention that many consumers are unaware that they can and should recycle these products when done with them.  Because they are small, it is often easy to just throw them in the rubbish bin. However, like other e-waste light bulbs contain metals, glass, and other materials that can be recycled … Continue reading

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