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Mercury Recycling Applications

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    NORM Waste Plants for Oil and Gas Industry

    Natural Occurring Radioactive Material consists of materials enriched with radioactive elements found in the environment. They are usually brought to the surface by oil and gas exploration or mining. NORM wastes can be treated in a VacuDry® unit in order to prepare it for a safe sub earth disposal. Find more information, important key facts and the benefits of VacuDry® NORM waste plants on http://www.econindustries.com/applications/norm-waste

    By econ industries GmbH based in Starnberg, GERMANY.

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    Mercury Waste Plants for Oil & Gas Industry

    Mercury-contaminated wastes are a major challenge for many industries including the chlorine industry, oil & gas drilling, oil & gas refineries (catalysts) and fluorescent lamps recycling. Due to strict legal restrictions and HSE requirements, mercury-contaminated waste is required to be handled with special care. We at econ industries have the best solution for each specific mercury waste stream, with plants that are recognised as being state of the art from approval authorities worldwide.

    By econ industries GmbH based in Starnberg, GERMANY.

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    Recycling equipments for electronic waste recycling (WEEE)

    The content of WEEE (electrical and electronic waste) gives recyclers various initiatives for recycling. It contains hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury or certain flame retardants, as well as precious metals like gold and silver. In 2012 approx. 64,900.000 ton electronic goods where produced and 49.000.000 ton electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) was generated. As the amount of sold electronic goods rise, the amount of WEEE rises. It is vital that this waste is taken care of properly.

    By Eldan Recycling A/S based in Faaborg, DENMARK.

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    Processing of LCD screens

    The safe extraction of valuable raw materials: robots automatically dismantle monitors containing mercury, while protecting workers’ health at the same time. According to initial projections, around three million LCD screens will be recycled in Germany in 2016. However, their backlighting system often contains mercury, which means they are classified as 'hazardous waste' in accordance with the EWC, and as 'Collection Group 3' in accordance with the Electrical and Electronic Appliance Law. They also contain valuable raw materials, such as metals and plastics, which have to be recovered in such a way, that the environment is not harmed. However, recycling specialists, Erdwich Zerkleinerungssysteme GmbH, have now developed an alternative: The company from Kaufering has developed an automatic processing system that enables mercury and other valuable raw materials to be easily extracted and recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.

    By Erdwich Zerkleinerungssysteme GmbH based in Igling, GERMANY.

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    Monitoring of mercury in waste water

    By Lumex Instruments Group based in Mission, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

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    Mercury monitoring for on-site remediation

    Fugitive emissions can be a health concern during removal and disposal of mercury-contaminated material at remediation sites. Thus, remediation projects either indoors or outdoors often require on-site, real-time mercury air monitoring with a Tekran 2537. This assures permitted levels are not exceeded during waste processing and human exposure levels are below government regulated toxicity thresholds. Often multiple sites must be monitored continuously. The Tekran 1115 Multi-Port Sampler is the ideal tool for multiplexing the Tekran 2537 for real-time continuous on-site monitoring of mercury fugitive emissions.

    By Tekran Instruments Corporation based in Toronto, ONTARIO (CANADA).

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    Direct atomic absorption mercury determination in foodstuff and mixed feed

    Direct atomic absorption mercury determination (without any pre-treatment procedures) in food is complicated by its organics matrix. That is the reason why almost all AAS methods of mercury determination in foodstuff include sample digestion by acids.

    By Lumex Instruments Group based in Mission, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

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    Monitoring of waste for mercury

    By Lumex Instruments Group based in Mission, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

  • Mercury Removal from Ash

    A by-product from burning pulverized coal in electric power generating plants, fly ash can contain substantial levels of mercury which can negatively impact human health and the environment. Responding to the threat of mercury exposure, the EPA has established tough standards for the power industry to meet. Vulcan® Systems Thermal Desorption Units remove mercury from fly ash, making the end product reusable for concrete production. Through this process, power plants are able to create a new revenue stream through the sale of clean fly ash, eliminate expensive disposal costs, and protect the environment. Besides solving the disposal problem, adding fly ash to concrete improves the quality of the concrete. As a replacement for Portand Cement, the use of fly ash saves on material expenses, decreases permeability, and prevents expansion, thermal cracking, and efflorescence. It also increases working time, and makes pumping and finishing much easier.

    By Vulcan Systems based in Moberly, MISSOURI (USA).

  • XRF analysis for product testing & toy safety

    Each week brings a new report of problems with toy safety and consumer product safety. Ultimately, contract manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and brand owners all face potential liability when they fail to comply with laws which restrict the levels of toxic materials in their products. Handheld Niton analysers provide quick and easy screening of toys and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals. Importers, brand owners and retailers can implement a standardised inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing.

    By Niton UK Limited based in Woodmancott, Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

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