Air Cycle Helped Improve Big Lake’s Household Hazardous Waste Management Program

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility of Riley County, Kansas partnered with Air Cycle Corporation to improve the program’s efficiency, while reducing the cost of spent fluorescent and HID lamps recycling.  Follow this account of the process that lead to our solution.


The Problem

Because the Big Lake HHW facility services 11 total counties in the area, fluorescent lamps quickly add up. Since lamps are lightweight and bulky, they take a disproportionate amount of space in the HHW facility storage area, as well as in the truck transporting it to the recycling facility. Fluorescent lamps represented 7.6% of the waste generated in Kansas, making Air Cycle’s Bulb Eater a perfect fit for Household Hazardous Waste programs. When Steve Oliver took over the HHW program, the facility had a large number of fluorescent lamps that had accumulated over a nearly 12-month period. He estimated that approximately 9,700 lamps of all shapes and sizes were being stored.

 

The Solution

The Riley County personnel purchased the Bulb Eater 3L model, which allowed them to process straight, circular, u-bent, and compact fluorescent lamps. It took Big Lake HHW personnel a total of 14.5 hours over the course of four days to complete the task of crushing the one-year spent lamp backlog. The completed project generated nine full drums and one partial drum of waste. Big Lake officials also tracked the amount and types of lamps placed in each drum and the resulting weight.

 

Impact

Over 14.5 hours, 9,268 total lamps were processed. When factoring the labor required to package, label, palletize the lamps to prepare them for shipment, and the recycling cost savings of transporting intact lamps versus crushed lamps, county officials estimated their savings to be $4,265.00 or about 50%, which allowed them to reduce the fees charged to users of their HHW programs by 50%.


To learn more about how Air Cycle helped Big Lake Regional HHW implement new processes that improved the program’s efficiencies and reduced cost, download our case study.

 

Air Cycle is committed to improving the efficiencies of  your recycling programs. Save time, money, and valuable storage space with our services. Contact us for a free review your current recycling program or for help with starting a new plan. Visit aircycle.com or call 800.909.9709 to speak with a recycling specialist about how we can help you.

Generate Savings and Brag About Your Sustainable Practices

Has your company been considering incorporating green initiatives into its business practices? Do you already have a Universal Waste program in place but looking for an easier and more cost-effective way to deal with fluorescent lamps? Air Cycle has many universal waste recycling options to help your company get started!

Here are some benefits of partnering with Air Cycle for your universal waste recycling:

  1. Our Broad Spectrum of Products and Services

Contact us to learn more about our products and services and we’ll help you decide which is the best fit for your facility. Our lineup includes:

  • The Bulb Eater Series (3, 3L),
  • EasyPak,
  • Bulk Pickup,
  • Total Program Management, and
  • Our Brand New Bulb Eater Services Program.
  1. You Minimize Costs

If you generate a large amount of Universal Waste, buying recycling services “in bulk” is usually cheaper. However, if you calculate the labor involved in packaging, labeling, and preparing the waste for shipment, are you really saving money? Let us help you design a program that truly minimizes cost.

  1. Ensure Compliance

Regulations vary from state to state. Our services ensure your company’s compliance with these laws. Learn more about that here.

  1. Brag About Your Commitment to Sustainable Practices

By using our services, you have access to recycling reports, tracking, and recycling certificates to help your company publicize your sustainable practices. Air Cycle Corporation is committed to providing the best recycling services possible, and Online Recycling Reports provides you with the means to brag about you contributions to a better environment.

 

For more information on how Air Cycle can help your company implement new green initiatives and the benefits of making these changes, download our Whitepaper: “Corporate Universal Waste Recycling: Ensuring Compliance, Generating Savings.

 

Air Cycle is committed to making your recycling programs easy to run and cost efficient. Contact us to start your plan today. Visit aircycle.com or call 800.909.9709 to speak with a recycling specialist about how we can help you go green.

NAHMMA Trade Show

The North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) is the premier association for professionals on a mission to reduce and manage household hazardous waste. NAHMMA is a non-profit organization that supports its members with access to exclusive training opportunities and a nationwide network of people involved in the household hazardous waste management industry. The company supports the proper collection of products that contain hazardous components for recycling and proper treatment. NAHMMA will be hosting their 2017 national conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort from Sunday, August 13th until Friday, August 18th. Air Cycle will be present to talk to meeting participants about our products and services.

We are dedicated to providing simple, sustainable solutions and technologies to assist facilities in their recycling goals. Our solutions help you easily, and safely, recycle fluorescent lamps, batteries, and e-waste. Our products and services are designed to enable you to implement a comprehensive environmental program for your facility.

We will be attending the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference, promoting our Bulb Eater series, EasyPak, Bulk Pickup Services, and Total Program Management services approach.

With our Bulb Eater, many Household Hazardous Waste programs are using this technology to minimize physical labor and recycling costs. Since Bulb Eater technology can process a fluorescent lamp of any size, it makes fluorescent lamp storage safer and consumes much less space than storing lamps intact.

Our EasyPak sustainable program is an alternative for recycling lamps, batteries, electronics, and thermostat recycling containers at smaller collection facilities or in remote areas. All you have to do is fill the containers with the spent materials return them using the pre-paid UPS shipping label.

We also offer Bulk pickup services, which can pick up full drums from your Bulb Eater use or intact lamps. It can also pick up intact ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste.

To learn more about Air Cycle and how we can help you save money (while saving the earth), connect with us at the NAHMMA Trade Show in August or online!

Thinking of an LED Retrofit? Air Cycle’s solutions save you money!

Considering an LED Retrofit for your traditional lighting fixtures and fluorescents? Let Air Cycle alleviate the waste of your old fluorescent lights with our Bulk Pickup, or EasyPak services that take the hassle out of recycling. When it’s time to switch to LED lighting in your facility it can be costly, but with our efficient services Air Cycle will take the waste off your hands and assist you to go-green economically.

Air Cycle’s Bulk Pickup Recycling Service is an ideal option for larger facilities looking to recycle their old lamps. The service allows the user to schedule a pickup online, or by phone (800.909.9709), and determines pricing based on the quantity and location of waste to be picked up. After waste is taken, it is delivered to one of Air Cycle’s certified recycling partners. Finally, a Certificate of Recycling is provided to the facility to show their waste was properly disposed. Bulk Pickup is quick, and easy for anyone. Instead of improperly throwing out your fluorescent bulbs in the shift to LED, recycle them!

For smaller quantities, our EasyPak Program is another simple recycling service that is provided in three easy steps. The user merely selects a container, fills it with waste, and returns it with the prepaid shipping label for recycling. Additionally, Air Cycle has created an online tracking system to verify that your lamp waste has been recycled properly. EasyPak can be used by any size facility, and is the attractive choice for your lamps when they are no longer for use.

Considering the high initial cost and installation of LED lighting, let Air Cycle remove the angst of recycling your old lamps. Air Cycle strives to make the fluorescent lamp disposal affordable and easy for facilities looking to pursue the switch. Contact us at our email, info@aircycle.com, or telephone number listed above, for more information and help to make the environment a better place.

Simplify Your Recycling Plan with EasyPak Recycling

Being environmentally conscious is something that, due to research and scientific evidence, is becoming more and more important to businesses and individuals across the world. However, many businesses still say that recycling spent lamps, batteries, and electronics can be a hassle. In America, 70% of toxic waste is electronic and spent lamp waste, so it’s of utmost importance to consider how you can minimize your footprint from day to day!

At AirCycle, we can make this process a breeze with our EasyPak recycling program. EasyPak recycling involves shipping your used bulbs, batteries, ballast, thermostat, and electronic waste to us and we take of the rest. It’s easy-to-use, no hassle, and available for sign up online. The steps are simple: Continue reading “Simplify Your Recycling Plan with EasyPak Recycling”

3 Fool-Proof Ways to De-Clutter Your Facility Today

Did you miss your spring-cleaning goal this year? Don’t fret; there are still easy ways to de-clutter your workspace just in time for summer. One of the biggest complaints we hear in the business community is that while organizing is easy, when it comes to electronic and bulb waste management and recycling, many don’t know where to begin and seems to quickly snowball. As waste begins to pile up, frustration can increase dramatically, making the idea of recycling a longshot goal. At AirCycle, we have a variety of products that can make your bulk waste management easy.

Continue reading “3 Fool-Proof Ways to De-Clutter Your Facility Today”

Make Your Life Simpler and Celebrate National Spring Cleaning Week

Have you ever wondered how the term Spring Cleaning arose? Did you know that March 6 through 12 was National Spring Cleaning Week? You may be surprised to learn that this annual ritual is centuries old and is performed across the globe among various civilizations and religious groups. From opening the windows and enjoying fresh spring air to conducting a thorough cleaning of your humble abode, this time of year is an opportunity to take stock in why you have to do this in the first place and what you could possibly change to make this daunting task less daunting.

At Air Cycle, we understand that a method devoted to waste stockpiles that have accumulated over the winter doesn’t need to be a part of your spring cleaning ritual. Let us help you set up a recycling program that works for you year round. Our Total Program Management 7-Step Process will help you establish and measure your recycling goals and put in place an easy to use recycling program that works for you throughout the year. Our team is passionate about what we can offer businesses and we’re sharing a few highlights on how our unparalleled services will help your business run smoother and your recycling program easier:

  1. Organization
    Our program design and products allow your recycling program to stay organized with ease. One of our expert consultants will meet with you to evaluate your facility’s situation and help you set achievable recycling goals that are then set out in a plan best suited to your company’s unique needs.
  1. Efficiency
    Not only is using our Air Cycle Total Program Management easy and organized; it promotes efficiency and safety for everyone involved. Eliminate time consuming and costly programs that provide undocumented benefits. With the help of our products and services, recycling is an easy and necessary addition to your business.
  1. Business Pride
    Social and economical responsibility are no longer just terms thrown around. Sustainability practices is no longer simply a buzz word, it is an operating philosophy. It’s how businesses operate and it’s an opportunity for you to inspire employees and fellow companies to make a difference, as well as show your customers you care. Our up to date reports and sustainability data provide you with the information necessary to show how your company is impacting the environment in a positive way.

Make this year’s National Spring Cleaning week the last one that contains fluorescent lamps, batteries and ballasts action plans. If you’re looking for simple sustainable solutions for recycling and leaving your green footprint, call us today for a consultation and to start your Total Program Management project.

Simple Sustainable Solutions for the Largest and Most Commonly Generated Wastes

Some commonly used items contain hazardous materials that represent environmental risks when discarded and landfilled. Others, like food waste represents 35-40% of landfill receipts each year. Environmentally conscious recycling and compliance with state and federal regulations on recycling is a priority, particularly for large companies and those with a commitment to sustainable practices. Facilities can rely on Air Cycle to provide simple sustainable solutions for these commonly generated wastes.  Continue reading “Simple Sustainable Solutions for the Largest and Most Commonly Generated Wastes”

Simple Solutions to Complex Recycling Regulations

Tackling the complex problem of universal waste recycling for large organizations can be a daunting task, even with staff specifically trained to deal with such issues. Service organizations such as hotels, colleges, and hospitals don’t generate hazardous materials as a normal course and all too often, these businesses may not be aware of state, local, and federal environmental regulations as traditional manufacturers.

Common workplace waste, such as spent batteries, fluorescent bulbs, ballasts and electronics are regulated in each state and are generated in such volumes that they cannot be landfilled legally. One fine can easily erode the savings incurred through illegally landfilling regulated waste. Continue reading “Simple Solutions to Complex Recycling Regulations”