For years, companies have sent old flourescent tubes for recycling. Generally, this involves recovery of the end caps, glass and mercury vapor. Elm recently observed an emerging technology at a client location that goes a step further by recovering additional high-value materials from other – less obvious – components of these tubes and CFLs. The details remain confidential at this point (we even obtained specific authorization from the client to post this). But once fullly operational, this process will greatly expand the universe of materials recovered from fluorescent tube/CFL recycling. And with the use of fluorescents continuing to grow, this is good news.
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