The importance of recycling and more specifically the recycling of LED bulbs is something we all know, to a greater or lesser extent, we all recycle, especially normal paper, cardboard, packaging, cans, glass and so on… but sometimes, We are not so clear how and especially where we can recycle the rest.
As with batteries and electronic products, it is very important to recycle them to avoid the contamination they can emit, but most of the time we are prevented from knowing them and the lack of “containers” in which to be able to deposit them once their useful life.
In the case of LED lighting, something similar occurs, considering the amount of light bulbs, tubes, downlights, spotlights, screens and LED strips that exist in each of the homes or businesses, streets, vehicles and so on. Garbage it generates is huge, says Ledbulbbay.
Millions of lamps are annually melted down and if we do not recycle them properly it could be a serious problem for the environment that we can not afford.
For this, the first thing is to know what materials are formed the different LED luminaires. For the most part, these materials can be recycled and even recovered.
The different articles of LED lighting have a certain amount of mercury in them, which emission in small quantities is not a threat, but otherwise is very harmful to the environment.
In the following chart we see the different types of luminaires that the Royal Decree 208/2005 of 25 September ECO-RAEE contemplates:
This Royal Decree ECO-WEEE refers to the waste management of the different electrical and/or electronic devices, maintaining as objective to control their waste. For this, a surcharge or “canon” is applied that directly affects the final price of the product.
The following chart of AMBILAMP (Association for the recycling of lamps) shows the data of recycling in Spain during the last years and its evolution.