Enpark and Idama FM in lightbulb disposal plan
Pre-Lamp Crusher is installed in Knowledge Village, Tecom
EnPark, the energy and environment park, a member of Tecom Investments, has partnered with Idama FM to dispose of lightbulbs within the freezone.
Since June 2010, more than 35,000 lightbulbs have been crushed and their mercury content collected, rather than emitted into the atmosphere, according to Gulf News.
The AED25,000 compact machine, called a Pre-Lamp Crusher, in Knowledge Village, Tecom, can crush and store the mercury of three million bulbs before the containers have to be emptied.
The crusher, in Block 8, is fenced off and set aside to store bulbs ready to be recorded and crushed.
“We are waiting for guidelines from Dubai Municipality on how to treat this waste further," said Ahmad Lootah, business development manager, Enpark.
"We want to showcase sustainable waste management and minimise potentially dangerous content in lightbulbs, such as mercury vapour from being released into the environment.
“Half a dozen sealed containers also stand in the back, each full with 1,300 crushed bulbs, with nowhere else to go."
A fluorescent bulb, including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), known as energy-efficient bulbs, and high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs used for streetlights, floodlights or car parks contain between 3.5 to 15mg of mercury.
To avoid landfilling, Idama will collect fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent light and energy saving light bulbs for crushing, except LEDs and Halogens which are not compatible with the disposal unit, free of charge.
Bulbs can be dropped off on Sundays between 14:00 to 16:00 at Knowledge Village block 8 basement area. Lightbulbs should be segregated by type.