Technology is evolving every day and with innovation in the industry everyone is trying to keep up, LED lighting has become very popular now days. , has been widely adopting for assorted lighting usages and has been slowly replacing incandescent and fluorescent lights over the recent years.
LEDs have been adopted in various fields, including display, laboratory equipment, mobile device, watch, calculator, household lighting, retail store lighting, traffic signal, automotive lighting...etc.
In order to serve your needs and at the same time give you the assurance that your waste lamps are properly managed, we provide full downstream documentation evidence, assuring your environmental liabilities. Also, we comply with all government laws and regulations and the permits necessary to handle your used or discarded LED/fluorescent lamps.
What is LED?
LED stands for Light-emitting diode, first used in 1968. LED, a semiconductor light source, has been widely adopting for assorted lighting usages .Although LED is much more environmental-friendly than traditional lighting fixtures, reusing and recycling LEDs is still a very crucial issue.
How are LEDs Disposed?
LEDs are primarily made of electronic components like PCBs, diodes, semiconductors etc. Therefore, they must be treated in the same way that traditional electronics are treated. They collected separately from household wastes and must be treated the same as standard electronic equipment
LED's Advantages and Applications
LED lights have the following edges over incandescent light bulbs:
- LEDs have longer lifespan than that of incandescent light bulbs; the former’s average lifespan is 50,000 hours, while the latter’s is merely 1,200 hours.
- LED consumes less electricity and provides higher brightness, which makes it a more energy-saving and environmental-friendly choice, not to mention that LED light bulb does not contain mercury like CFL light bulb does. LED light bulb is highly endurable, and therefore, it lasts longer than a traditional light bulb.
Reuse of LED
As far as the product cycle is concerned, LED is considered environmental-friendly, but it will be even more so if LED can be recycled. In fact, more than 95% of LEDs can be recycled.
If a LED light contains no hazardous substances, then it meets the standards set by Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). Per the Directive, LED is recyclable.
Importance of Recycling LEDs
Even though LED lights are already environmental-friendly, they will have less negative impact on the environment if recycled correctly. According to the recent research, most LEDs contain a great amount of nickel, and the colored LEDs contain a lot of lead and arsenic. These substances are harmful to the environment and the health of human beings. Despite the fact that LEDs are a more environmental-friendly choice compared to traditional lights, they still cannot be simply thrown away after they expired. Given the climbing demand and usage of LED lights, recycling LEDs may prove to be more critical than prolonging the lifespan of LEDs.
Recycle in 2 Steps
- Fill Up Containers
Once you receive your containers, fill them up with waste at your own pace. Containers are approved for safe storage and transport.
- Call For a Pickup
When a container is filled and sealed, call to schedule your pre-paid pickup. Your container will be delivered for recycling to our permitted facilities located in Humacao PR
A fluorescent lamp converts electrical power into useful light more efficiently than an incandescent lamp. Lower energy cost typically offsets the higher initial cost of the lamp. While larger fluorescent lamps have been mostly used in commercial or institutional buildings, the compact fluorescent lamp is now available in the same popular sizes as incandescent light bulbs and is used as an energy-saving alternative in homes. But because every fluorescent lamp contains mercury, a toxic substance, they must be recycled in order to prevent leakage that occurs through improper disposal.
Management and disposal by businesses of fluorescent light bulbs and other mercury-containing bulbs are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (JCA).
- When does a mercury-containing lamp become a waste?
- What types of lamps can be recycled?
- How should I package my lamps for pickup?
When does a mercury-containing lamp become a waste?
A used mercury-containing lamp becomes a waste on the date the generator/handler permanently removes it from its fixture. An unused mercury-containing lamp becomes a waste on the date the handler decides to discard it.
What types of lamps can be recycled?
Types of lamps recycled include but are not limited to:
- Straight Flourescent (all lengths and diameters)
- Compacts Flourescent (both with and without ballast)
- UV Lamps (all sizes)
- HID (High Pressure Sodium, Metal Halide, Biax, High Intensity, Bi-Metal)
How should I package my lamps for pickup?
Lamps should be intact - All lamps must be packaged in a manner to "minimize" breakage. The OEM box is the most popular method of packaging. If the OEM box is not available, we can provide storage containers as an alternative. All lamps must be free of foreign material, including tape (on the actual lamp) and paper sleeves.
If your facility has fluorescent lamps disposal needs, utilizing E-Cycling Puerto Rico Recycling Services will help to keep your workplace safe, the environment clean and protect your liability.