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Revend Launches Light Bulb Recycling Vending Machine

U.K. corporation Revend Recycling Limited has launched a “reverse vending” recycling machine for the collection and recycling of domestic light bulbs and batteries. Ikea will be placing the units in some of its European stores.

The machine, called the Revend, has the option of giving out -or “reverse vending” – discount vouchers or other rewards to customers depositing bulbs. It was jointly designed and developed by Revend Recycling and Repant ASA, a corporation listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange.

The light bulb recycling machine has an optional add-on unit for the collection and recycling of domestic batteries.

Revend says the machine was developed in response to increased consumer demand for light bulb recycling, the international change over to compact fluorescent and LED domestic light bulbs and the growth of government policies encouraging battery recycling worldwide.

Following a trial at its Lakeside Shopping Center store near London, Ikea has agreed to roll the machines out to stores in the U.K., Germany and Denmark.

According to a report out in April, only a third of businesses and just two percent of individuals recycle their compact fluorescent bulbs.

The report, by the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers, says that this is contributing to the release of roughly four tons of mercury a year.

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6 thoughts on “Revend Launches Light Bulb Recycling Vending Machine

  1. Recycling fluorescent bulbs is tricky business. The mercury it contains can be taken for reuse in the industry?

    Another point is that fluorescents and LEDs are not alike. Fluorescents emit UV radiation. There should be a notice warning customers of this. The UV output of all bulbs should be measured for posting in their packages.

  2. Incandescents also emit UV radiation. In fact, incandescents emit more UV radiation than do some CFLs, though the reverse is also true for other CFLs. The range was interesting; the ‘best’ CFLs emitted less than 1/12 the amount of UV that is emitted by incandescents, while the ‘worst’ CFL performers emitted less than twice the amount of UV emitted by incandescents.

    Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2829662/

  3. Thanks for your comments.
    Our unique light bulb recycling machine has an in-built absorption filter cloth system for the collection of any escaped hazardous fumes from bulb breakages.
    The machine complies with EU & USA regulations
    I hope this helps

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