The Recycling Challenge
The challenges experienced with all K-12 School Districts of any size, like the Peoria Unified School District of Arizona, are managing and the disposal of fluorescent lamp waste. The Peoria School District has over forty campuses and several support facilities that require time, storage space, and associated costs with the proper collection and disposal of intact lamps. Lamps contain mercury and in most cases are considered hazardous. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the management of spent lamps. The Peoria Unified School District reached out to Air Cycle Corporation for answers to the challenges presented to them.
“The problems we were encountering at our school district, was the burden with the amount of used fluorescent lamps being stored. We did not have an in house program for the disposal of fluorescent lamps and the expense of packaging the used lamps to send out for proper disposal was excessive.”
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When it comes to marketing your green business, there’s more to environmental responsibility than meets the eye. Incorporating green business practices can provide the opportunity to connect with environmentally conscious consumers and businesses. Are you ready to start publicizing your reduced impact? Here’s how to get started. Continue reading “Marketing Your Green Initiative With Recycling Reporting”
University of New Mexico’s Recycling Problem
The University of New Mexico is a nationally recognized leader in higher education that prides themselves in their use of sustainable practices to ensure a positive impact on the environment.
As part of this commitment, UNM had looked for a safe and economical way to handle fluorescent lamp waste. Since these lamps contain mercury, proper management and disposal is regulated by the EPA, sending spent lamps to a local landfill was not an option. Continue reading “Bulb Eater 3 Part of UNM Sustainability Program”
The Bulb Eater 3 drum top fluorescent lamp crusher with Intelli Technology is the most fun you can have disposing of lamps, but it’s also much more. This incredible innovation brings to mind efficiency, compliance, and most of all, safety. Mercury is a nerve poison that, when vaporized, can easily be absorbed into the lungs and blood stream. Federal regulations protect workers, and fines for improper disposal could be as much as $32,000 per occurrence.
Among the many reasons to use the Bulb Eater 3®, which crushes an entire pallet of lamps into a 55-gallon drum, is the reduction of risk and liability associated with improper disposal. EPA studies have shown an estimated 2-3% accidental breakage rate while handling bulbs for pickup, releasing dangerous mercury gas into the work environment. The Bulb Eater 3 reduces labor by up to 20 hours per 1,000 lamps, which reduces time handling bulbs and chances of accidental breakage. Workers are safer, and liability is reduced. Continue reading “Bulb Eater 3 Creates a Safer Work Environment”
Air Cycle is proud to announce that the Bulb Eater 3 was chosen from the most innovative products around the globe to be named the Environmental Protection New Product of the Year in 2015. Each year, Environmental Protection’s contest attracts product entries in nine award categories, including health & safety/cleanup, water, wastewater, software/SaaS, and air quality & climate. Continue reading “Environmental Protection Names Bulb Eater 3 New Product of the Year”