Certificate of Recycling

What is a Certificate of Recycling and why do you need one?

What is it and why do you need one?

In simple terms, a certificate of recycling documents the amount and type of waste that is recycled by an organization and is proof that your company is compliant with the standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While valuable, the benefit to your company doesn’t stop with government compliance. Below are three hidden advantages that make a certificate of recycling an indispensable asset to your company:

Example Certificate

Provides Proof of Compliance with Government Requirements

The EPA recommends that to demonstrate compliance with government regulations, processors and handlers provide a certificate of recycling that includes key information such as materials recycled, amount and date of processing. This documentation ensures that your company is prepared in the event of inspections.

Supports Corporate Stewardship

As companies are becoming more environmentally aware, many are adopting a policy of corporate stewardship that addresses the interdependent nature of their relationship with the communities where they live and work. By securing a certificate of recycling you are demonstrating your commitment to the community, preserving the environment, as well as showcasing your corporate values.

Your Sustainable Business Practices Can Help Your Bottom-Line

Good business practices don’t stop with profitability and customer service. The Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report shows that globally, 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable brand, with 58% specifically citing companies that are environmentally friendly. Put another way, a certificate of recycling from a well-respected waste organization not only demonstrates your compliance with the government, but also with your customers.

“TerraCycle Regulated Waste specializes in providing sustainable solutions for mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, battery, ballast and electronic waste disposal,” said Bobby Farris, General Manager of TerraCycle Regulated Waste. “It has always been our policy to provide a certificate of recycling that details everything a customer would need to show compliance, not only with the government but also with their customers.”

For more information about TerraCycle Regulated Waste or to speak with a representative about the innovative BulbEater®, visit the TerraCycle Regulated Waste website.

Colorado State Prison System Uses BulbEater to Recycle Lamps

Correctional facilities face a number of unique challenges unheard of in other large, multiuse properties.  Combining living space, industrial operations and heightened security needs puts lighting at a priority.  Burned-out fluorescent lamps are not just a nuisance but can be a life-threatening situation.  For that reason, correctional facility managers must stay ahead of lamp replacement.  Most will seek to replace lamps before the end of their practical lifecycle which can often result in the need to dispose of hundreds, if not thousands of lamps at a time.

The EPA requires that correctional facilities recycle all spent mercury-containing lamps.  With linear and U-bend fluorescent lamps in such great numbers at these facilities, it is important to understand how to remain compliant.  Failure to do so can result in violations and fines that could have been easily prevented.

“Correctional facilities are no different than any other non-residential fluorescent lamp user to the EPA,” explains Joe Day, Account Manager at TerraCycle Regulated Waste.  “The rules governing hazardous waste apply, just the same.  They must recycle all fluorescent lamps, as well as any other mercury-containing lamps.”

A facility will fall into one of three waste generator categories, based on the amount of total hazardous waste they generate per month.

  • Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) generate 100 kilograms or less per month of hazardous waste or one kilogram or less per month of acutely hazardous waste.
  • Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) generate more than 100 kilograms, but less than 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste per month.
  • Large Quantity Generators (LQGs) generate 1,000 kilograms per month or more of hazardous waste or more than one kilogram per month of acutely hazardous waste.

The materials that are considered ‘hazardous waste’ include fluorescent and mercury-containing lamps, paint, insecticides and fertilizers, batteries, and cleaning supplies.  Keeping these waste products in storage, on-site until pick up by a registered hazardous waste hauler is not uncommon, but must follow the federal guidelines.

For fluorescent lamps, that means storing in a way that prevents accidental breakage of the lamps and potential contamination by the release of the mercury contained in the lamps.  To achieve this, some larger facilities use a drum-top lamp crusher like the Bulb Eater 3®.  A lamp crusher is a device that crushes the glass tube of the fluorescent lamp in a vacuum system that captures the mercury before it can be released into the atmosphere.  The crushing of the lamps compacts the waste volume by as much as 80%, making storage much more manageable.  With a capacity of approximately 1350 T8 fluorescent lamps per 55-gallon steel drum, storage space is well controlled by lamp crushing.

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BulbEater 3 with U-Bend/CFL chute attachment

“Our combined efforts will truly make a difference not only with complying with local regulations, but also with being good stewards for the environment.”  States Dave Bechtle, Colorado Department of Corrections.  Colorado purchased Bulb Eater 3® units in 2017 for all nine state penitentiaries.

For specialty lighting, like safety-sealed fluorescent lamps, drum-top bulb crushing is not appropriate.  To properly dispose of these types of lamps, a facility can purchase EasyPak self-sealing containers or PalletPak containers for larger quantities.  It is very important to note that the EPA requires that any spent lamps being stored at a facility until shipping is able to be efficiently facilitated must be kept in containers that prevent the accidental breakage and can capture any mercury, should there be accidental release.  Corrugated boxes or fiber drums used as storage must either be lined with plastic or contain an integrated seal, like EasyPak boxes.

Drum-top crushing is not approved in all states, so it is important to speak to a lamp recycling specialist to determine the best practices in your region.  Understanding how many lamps per month or year a facility is generating will make it easy to create a recycling plan that fulfills EPA compliance standards and meets the needs of the property—both in safety and security.

Air Cycle Corporation Crosses the Pond, Partners with New UK Distributor

Air Cycle Corporation is pleased to announce that we have entered into a distribution agreement with JARSHIRE Waste and Recycling located in Slough, UK to represent us in the United Kingdom.

In addition to providing broad waste services in the UK, they have developed a mobile Material Recycling Facility (MRF) that is typically deployed on drilling rigs. Our Bulb Eater® technology will be seamlessly incorporated into their existing MRF concept, which also typically includes bailing equipment, compactors and other volume reduction technology.

“JARSHIRE had tried a few other bulb crushers supplied in the past, but we were then recommended to use Air Cycle from one of our customers who had bought other equipment from us in the past, and they said they had also used Air Cycle and other suppliers of Bulb Eaters and that Air Cycle’s unit was the best on the market for quality, price and after sales. We are delighted to be representing Air Cycle.” – Nick Jobson: JARSHIRE

 

 

Why include The Bulb Eater®?

The Bulb Eater® crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material and captures over 99.99% of the vapors released. The system, which is mounted onto a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1359 4-foot fluorescent lamps.

 

The Bulb Eater® will help your company:

  • Eliminate storage hassles – Reduce your needed storage space for lamps, The Bulb Eater® lamp crusher crushes all length lamps.
  • Reduce handling – Save roughly 20 hours of labor per 1000 lamps by crushing rather than boxing the lamps!
  • Create a safer work environment – The 0.001% emission rate from the Bulb Eater® lamp crushing system provides for less mercury vapor emission.
  • Cut costs – By pre-crushing the lamps, facilities are able to save money on their lamp recycling costs.

 

Our current customers rave about the ease of our programs.

We’ve had much success simplifying our recycling program using the Bulb Eater 3 we especially like the new features including the ability to crush our ever-increasing Compact Fluorescent lamps. Great Value.” – Brandon Goulet, Markley Group

 

Air Cycle is committed to improving the efficiencies of your recycling programs. Save time, money, and valuable storage space with our services. If you are in the UK and are interested in the services provided by Air Cycle, contact us today! For more information on our other international distributing, click here.