English Version：The Disclosure of LED Light Sources Recycling Process
Sister R, after visiting the recycling plant of waste LED light sources today, did you learn anything?
Of course! Now I’ve got a question for you, Mr. R. Why should waste light sources be recycled?
I remember that there are glass, plastic, iron, aluminum, and other metals in the waste light sources that can be recycled and reused, but there is also hazardous mercury that must be recycled and treated.
That’s right! Conventional waste light sources contain “mercury,” which is harmful to the environment if not handled properly, but LED light bulbs don’t contain “mercury.”
Wow! LED light bulbs are mercury-free and power-saving. How impressive!
R妹：由於 LED 照明光源由多種材質組成，回收處理的過程中，跟傳統的廢照明光源處理的流程跟設備都不同喔！
Since LED light sources are composed of many materials, the recycling processes of waste light sources are different from the conventional treatment procedures and equipment.
First of all, the LED light bulbs go through a crusher machine, then the magnetic iron scraps separated by a magnetic separator and the non-magnetic aluminum scraps are separated using an eddy current separator. Then, the printed circuit boards (PCBs) and plastics are isolated and dismantled manually and sent to relevant enterprises for recycling and reuse. The waste PCBs are sent to Class A waste treatment plants.
R哥：環保署回收基管會的回收綠報報，有提到2018 年臺灣回收的廢照明光源就有 4,555 公噸，把回收的燈泡連接起來，可以繞行臺灣約 25 圈，回收率達九成，是很棒的回收成果！但沒想到原來傳統燈泡跟LED燈泡回收處理流程不一樣，你這次真的學到很多捏～
An EPA E-paper reported that Taiwan recycled 4,555 metric tons of waste light sources in 2018. If we were to line up all the recycled recovered bulbs, they could circle Taiwan about 25 times. With a 90% recovery rate, it’s an incredible recycling result! But I didn’t expect that the recycling processes of conventional light bulbs are different from LED light bulbs. You’ve learned a lot this time.
Indeed! On top of the promotion of high-recycling achievements by the EPA’s Recycling Fund Management Board, there are also periodicals published in the “recycling e-newsletter – Green Recycling News,” where news of Taiwan’s resource recycling is constantly updated! It’ll help you to keep up with the latest information if you read it regularly.
You bet ! I also follow the EPA’s Facebook page and have subscribed to its YouTube channel, and even click the small bell icon from time to time to share the news with all my friends. The excellent content has prompted me to join everyone in supporting and loving the earth even more.