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Publication Date: 02/2014
Pages: 4
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Test lab helps a manufacturer select screening equipment

A fluorescent bulb manufacturer looks for screening equipment to better aid material recycling.

Fluorescent bulbs are useful because they typically last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, making them more energy efficient. However, when a fluorescent bulb is improperly disposed of through breaking, crushing, or compaction, mercury is released and can enter the air, water, or soil, posing a human health and environmental risk. When federal and state regulations were introduced to manage fluorescent bulb recycling, it became necessary for bulb manufacturers to provide recycling options for customers. While it was once a common practice to throw fluorescent bulbs into a landfill, manufacturers are now required to separate and recycle the bulb's elements. When one leading fluorescent bulb manufacturer was looking to improve its bulb recycling process, it turned to a screener supplier's test center to find equipment that would help it do this.

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