A machine serving the environment
To have a machine as an ally! Since May, the waste collection service of Antananarivo (SAMVA) has a machine that extracts mercury from our used light bulbs.
"It is important to point out that, in large quantities, mercury can harm not only human health but also our environment. Mercury escaping from broken fluorescent bulbs can contaminate the air, the soil and the water ... hence the interest of separating them from our household waste and putting them in sorting bins ", explains Thierry Randriamanalina, the person in charge of the lightning initiative at WWF, who granted the machine.
In September 2017, sorting bins in 63 districts were installed to collect used lamps .The gesture has borne fruit because currently 2,000 lamps were collected in a container located at the waste landfill of Andralanitra, and are waiting to pass into the machine that will sequester the mercury and isolate the glass fragments. The machine neutralizes the mercury thanks to its carbon filter, which will be isolated in a hermetic pit after several uses.
Come on and let's all sort it out!