Disposal of mercury-bearing containing wastes
27 October 2012

Each year, tons and tons of industrial waste are discarded. Among them are objects containing mercury. How to handle the transportation, collection and recycling of mercury-bearing waste are some of the pressing issues faced by many of our people.

Many are aware of this problem, as it is one the country's biggest environmental concerns. Metallic mercury is one of the most toxic pollutants on the planet, belonging to the most hazardous class of substances. The sources of this waste include: blood pressure monitors, thermometers, fluorescent lamps and mercury derived from other sources.

In urban areas, however, the most common sources are broken fluorescent lights, as well as all sorts of other devices containing mercury. Every fluorescent lamp is made of aluminum and glass, as well as 60 mg of mercury. While this amount seems quite small, we must remember that these lamps are used by millions of people and discarded on a regular basis. The millions of these discarded lamps contain at least 60 kilograms of metallic mercury. Therefore, we come to the conclusion that these lamps are a very hazardous source of environmental waste.

If they are broken, the lamps release mercury into the atmosphere, through evaporation. However, if mercury evaporates indoors in concentrations of 0.1 to 0.8 mg/m3, people on the premises may suffer acute mercury poisoning.

The maximum allowable concentration of mercury vapor in the air of an enclosed space must not exceed 0.005 mg/m3.

Unfortunately, the collection of mercury-bearing waste is not always carried out properly in the housing sector. Many people throw out their old thermometers, lamps and blood pressure monitors in ordinary containers, along with the rest of their garbage and without thinking about the consequences. If this type of equipment is thrown away together with household waste, when it is dumped, the parts shatter, releasing the mercury into the atmosphere, or even worse, into the groundwater.

Along with air, mercury gets into the lungs and can linger there for a long time, causing a person to feel tired and nervous, or even to suffer poisoning. That's why the question of recycling of mercury-bearing materials is now especially important.

Firms specializing in processing these metals can solve the problem. Our company has the equipment necessary to dispose of this waste and to improve the safety of our life on the planet.

Recycling of mercury-bearing waste can be divided into 2 stages: the first is the collection and transportation of the waste to the disposal site in special containers, and the second is the recycling process itself, using special equipment.