Ontario Lamp Recyclers opens Toronto facility – Feb 2012
By Alyssa Dalton
February 29, 2012 – Ontario Lamp Recyclers is celebrating the grand opening of its new lamp recycling facility in Toronto, Ont. The plant, with a capacity of 12 million lamps per year, holds four separate Certificates of Approval/Environmental Compliance Approvals from the ministry of the Environment specifically for the treatment of lamp waste.
“This is the newest lamp recycling facility in the country and the only one in the City of Toronto,” said Martin Hassenbach, vice president, Ontario Lamp Recyclers. “The location at Highways 407 and 400 makes it ideal for servicing our clients, or for contractors to drop off lamps along the way.”
At the facility, fluorescent and other lamps are processed to separate the mercury vapour and mercury-rich phosphor powder from clean and recyclable glass and metal end caps. The mercury bearing materials are then treated off-site and reintroduced into the lamp manufacturing process. The plant maintains a negative atmosphere discharging treated air pursuant to an air emissions ECA, added the organization.
Ontario Lamp Recyclers is a member of the Recycling Council of Ontario and the Ontario Waste Management Association.