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AERC Recycling Solutions Partners with Global Tungsten and Powders Corporation to Reclaim Rare Earth Metals from Spent Fluorescent Lamps

Through its partnership with AERC, GTP is helping to identify new sources of rare earth metals and creating a recovery process to utilize the materials in new products.
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Flanders, NJ September 18, 2012

AERC.com Inc. (AERC Recycling Solutions) has partnered with Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation (GTP) for the recovery of rare earth metals from spent fluorescent lamps. This mutually beneficial agreement allows for GTP to help solve some of the demand requirements for rare earth metals by extracting these materials from recycled fluorescent lamps. Through its partnership with AERC, GTP is helping to identify new sources of rare earth metals and creating a recovery process to utilize the materials in new products.

AERC and GTP began working together in 2008 to develop a process to recover the rare earth materials from spent fluorescent lamps. AERC’s mercury retort process provided the perfect partnership opportunity for GTP to work with and gather samples of retorted phosphor powder. Fluorescent lamps require mercury in conjunction with phosphor powder to illuminate and create light however this mercury must be removed prior to recovering the rare earth metals. AERC operates one of the few mercury retort operations in the United States and is also less than 150 miles from GTP’s Towanda, PA facility.

Rare earth metals have come into the spotlight over the past few years as China has limited the export of rare earth metals stores. According to Forbes.com, “China produces 95% of all rare earth metals which are essential to the production of new electronics, lithium car batteries, military defense components, and wind turbines.”

“AERC is very excited to partner with GTP to recover the rare earth metals from recycled fluorescent lamps. We are always looking for ways to improve our processes, recycle more efficiently and find new uses for our recycled materials. The recovery of the rare earth metals is one more way to lead the way with best practices in the industry and contribute to the reuse of rare materials,” says Lindsay Kissel, Vice President of Sales for AERC.

Andreas Lackner, President and CEO of GTP says, “GTP is pleased to be working with AERC to take the recycle of fluorescent lamps further. The recycling of rare earth metals found in used fluorescent lamps will help GTP minimize the uncertainty surrounding the supply of these critical materials. Like AERC, GTP understands that, in addition to being good for the environment recycling is also good for business.”

About Global Tungsten and Powders Corporation
Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. (GTP) is located in Towanda, PA in the Northeastern corner of the State. GTP has an additional manufacturing facility centrally located in Europe in the Northeastern corner of the Czech Republic in the town of Bruntal. GTP’s primary emphasis is the manufacture of tungsten and molybdenum powders with additional emphasis on other specialty products. With two locations and nearly a century of experience, GTP is a world leader in powder technology, high temperature metallurgy, and inorganic chemistry. Since the early 1900's, GTP has held a strong global position in the development and production of inorganic phosphors and related chemicals.

About AERC Recycling Solutions
AERC Recycling Solutions is committed to a green world by helping clients in proper end-of-life management of assets, including those containing sensitive data and components hazardous to our environment. Over the past 22 years in business, AERC has become an industry leader through its partnerships with clients by providing unmatched convenience, regulatory compliance and expert consulting to handle Electronic and Universal Waste issues. AERC develops comprehensive programs for its clients around the nation in providing full service solutions for handling End-of-Life Electronics, Secure Data Destruction, Asset Management, Electronic and Universal Waste needs. Acceptable Universal Waste materials include fluorescent lamps, batteries, ballasts and mercury containing devices.

AERC owns and operates five wholly owned Electronics Processing Com-Cycle facilities in five separate geographic locations. Each of these facilities has the industry designation of being an R2 / RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler™ facility and has been independently certified to these industry designations. These R2 / RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler™ facilities are in Allentown, PA, Ashland, VA, West Melbourne, FL, Houston, TX, and Hayward, CA. AERC maintains a Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Policy for all of its hazardous electronics / electrical recycling services. All electronics are dismantled domestically by AERC’s highly trained staff. Any information on data storage devices is either wiped to the standards set by the Department of Defense or physically destroyed. AERC offers its clients compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations.

For additional information please visit http://www.aercrecycling.com/ or http://www.com-cycle.com. You can also search for AERC Recycling Solutions on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube.

AERC is committed to responsible recycling practices for a healthier tomorrow.

For more information about AERC contact:
Emilia Jarzynska
AERC Recycling Solutions
866-447-5177
info(at)aercrecycling(dot)com

 

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