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The idea – Candle recycling

Not only are candles beautiful, their wax is also a high quality raw material. But what happens to candles when they have burned down, leaving only stumps behind? Every household has left-over wax and candle stumps that are normally thrown away.
We have been working on developing a wax-powered garden lantern for years. As a fuel, wax has many advantages compared with alcohol or petroleum:

  • Its high ignition temperature makes it safe.
  • In its liquid state, wax is hot, but not so hot that you could burn yourself with it.
  • Wax naturally produces a warm, soft light.
  • Wax does not smell and is not harmful to the environment.
  • Wax is an inexpensive fuel, especially if left-over wax can be recycled.
Environmentally friendly, simple and economical

A wax-powered garden lantern, made from high quality ceramic, only makes sense if the customer can easily and cheaply refill it with fuel, i.e. wax. With the wax burner, the left-over wax that is produced can be reused.

Every wax burner can be used in this environmentally friendly, simple and economical way. It is the perfect piece of equipment for recycling left-over candles and wax.

The principle is simple

Old candles, stumps and wax remains are simply placed in the wax burner at the side. The wax is melted by the burner and becomes fuel again. That means old wicks don’t need to be thrown away. They sink to the base of the brazier where they can’t catch fire and they don’t need to be cleaned up either.

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Napa Recycling and Waste Services

Your guide to reducing, reusing and recycling, provided by Napa Recycling.

Candles

Never Pour Wax Down the Drain

Candle wax is liquid when hot, but if you pour it down the drain, it will cool, harden and clog the pipes.

Tins and Jars Are Recyclable

Candle wax isn’t recyclable, but the tins and jars that candles come in often are. Simply remove the wick and any remaining wax. You can scoop out wax with a spoon, or try melting or freezing it for easier removal.

Ways to Reuse

Reuse Wax to Make New Candles

Instead of throwing wax away, try reusing it to make new candles. Here is a great how-to guide by HowStuffWorks.

Are Scented Candles Toxic?

Recent research reveals that hazardous chemicals such as benzene and toluene may be released when burning scented paraffin candles. To avoid risk, choose unscented candles made entirely from beeswax or soy. Read more from The Huffington Post.

What Can Candle Wax Be Recycled Into?

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Oregon carries multiple products made from recycled wax in their retail stores, including skateboarding wax, fire starter (made of cotton from recycled mattresses and paraffin) and bricks of wax for candle makers. Find out more.

Can I Recycle Candles? Napa Recycling and Waste Services tells you what you can recycle and what gets tossed out.