Universal Waste and the EPA: How Can Your Business Follow the Law?

Universal Waste Management

Are you sure your business is following all the laws and regulations regarding the disposal and recycling of universal waste? The EPA has always tried to inform businesses and business owners about the laws, reasoning, and methods of proper universal waste management. However, recently they’ve made even better efforts to make sure that businesses understand everything there is to know about universal waste management. At AirCycle, we take these important regulations seriously and know that our universal waste recycling programs meet all expectations set by the EPA and will make your recycling plan easier and more efficient.

AirCycle has been actively involved in making sure that our methods of universal waste management, including bulb recycling, recycling by mail, bulk pickups, and compact recycling methods, are fine-tuned to meet your standards of ease and the EPA’s standard of effectiveness. Overall, our record is stellar when it comes to our sustainability impact. We’ve kept over 5 million acres of oxygen levels pure, recycled over 250 thousand grams of mercury, 2.5 million pounds of batteries, and 7 million pounds of ballasts. When evaluating your recycling plan to see if it fits the regulations set by the EPA, here are a few things you need to know:

1. What materials can be classified as universal waste?
It all depends on your state. Some of the general items classified under the EPA regulatory history of universal waste management includes batteries, pesticides, thermostats, lamps, and mercury-containing equipment. This being said, every state can differ on what exactly is defined by the term universal waste. To make absolutely certain that your business recognizes every universal waste that is produced and needs recycling, check your state’s complete list of what could be classified as universal waste.

2. Who can transport universal waste?
Universal waste can be transported by members of the business who produced it or by a third-party. The caveat here, however, is that the person who transports such waste, which could be hazardous, has to follow the Subpart D guidelines of the federal standards for universal waste management. At AirCycle, we have programs to make this part easier than if you were to do it yourself. With our bulk pickups and EasyPak total management programs, we can make the recycling fast and easy. Just collect and/or send us your waste, and we’ll handle all the rest!

3. Can’t I just toss my used bulbs in the landfill?
The answer is a stiff “no” in the eyes of the EPA and in terms of environmental and health protection. Right now, the most efficient bulbs on the market utilize mercury to lower energy use and reduce the amount of mercury that is released from other power plants. While using these bulbs greatly reduces the amount of mercury produced by power plants and the making of other bulbs, simply throwing out your fluorescent bulbs can result in serious health risks and damage the environment.

This is where our state-of-the-art Bulb Eaters® come in handy. Our Bulb Eater 3® and our new Bulb Eater 3L® machines offer great benefits when it comes to the handling and safe disposable of fluorescent lightbulbs. Using the Bulb Eater® machines allows your business to save up to 50% on recycling costs, maximize storage space by up to 80%, and reduce recycling labor by 20 hours per 1,000 lamps crushed. EPA studies have shown that self-transportation, or even third-party transportation, by way of boxing bulbs can cause a 2-3% accidental breakage rate, raising the liability associated with your recycling program. With our recycling advice and programs, we’ll be able to lower your emission levels down to just .001%. Our testimonials speak for themselves, as many have said the purchase of the Bulb Eater 3® has made their experiences with recycling universal waste easier, more cost effective, and a great addition to their environmental protection programs.

AirCycle strives to make your life easier when it comes to universal waste management. Following the law and saving money, of course, already sounds like a great plan for your business. However, the best part of hiring us to fulfill your universal waste needs is the positive impact your business will be making upon the environment for years to come. AirCycle has so many options when it comes to recycling universal waste, and any of them can fit your needs as a business. Contact us today to find out what steps you can take to follow the law, save money, and prevent a damaging footprint on the planet.

Air Cycle Highlights Many Accomplishments This Year

Did you know that the national lamp recycling rate in the commercial and industrial sectors is at only 30%? At Air Cycle, we make it our goal to provide easy, time-saving, and affordable solutions for corporate waste recycling to help increase those recycling numbers. In 2017, we were able to expand our reach and continue to help our customers. Below are a few of things that we accomplished in 2017 that will work to increase national recycling rates:

New Product Launch

Bulb Eater 3LThis year, Air Cycle released a new addition into our bulb crusher family of products: The Bulb Eater 3L (BE3L). With a more compact size, the BE3L packs the same powerful technology that our Bulb Eater users rave about. This product makes it easier for businesses to be environmentally conscious while saving time, money and space!

The Bulb Eater 3L has many of the features of the award-winning Bulb Eater® 3, but is offered at a reduced cost and is the perfect solution for those wanting to save money while reducing labor and recycling costs.

Expanding services to the UK

new UK DistributorYou may remember hearing about our trip across the pond recently. 2017 brought on new products and also new expansions. Air Cycle has now partnered with JARSHIRE Waste & Recycling to provide businesses in the UK with our top of the line recycling products and services.

To date, Air Cycle’s simple, sustainable solutions are available in nine (9) countries across the globe. To learn more about our international programs or find out if our services are available in your country, visit us online.

Continued Focus on Waste Reduction Worldwide

Air Cycle continues to add daily to its worldwide focus of universal waste reduction totals more than ever! Currently, we are proud to share the following savings to our environment:
• 5,052,257 acres of water kept pure
• 252,613 grams of hazardous mercury recycled
• 2,565,296 lbs of batteries recycled
• 7,300,321 lbs of ballasts recycled

As we embark on a new year, Air Cycle looks forward to increasing those numbers and making more of an impact helping other companies reach their sustainability goals.

TerraCycle

TerracycleOur biggest news of the year is that we have proudly joined forces with TerraCycle! Headquartered in Trenton, NJ, TerraCycle is the global leader in collecting and repurposing hard-to-recycle waste. Operating in over 20 countries, engaging over 60 million people, and recycling billions of pieces of waste through various innovative platforms, TerraCycle is focused on Eliminating the Idea of Waste®

Through the acquisition of the Air Cycle assets, TerraCycle makes its entry into the universal waste market—the company’s first “regulated” waste market. We are excited to begin this new venture with TerraCycle and provide our clients with new recycling solutions!

We thank each and every one of our clients for their continued support and shared goals of improving the efficiencies of recycling programs in their organizations. To learn how you can save time, money, and valuable storage space with our services in 2018, contact us!

The Deadline for Scheduling your Bulk Pickup is here!

The last day to schedule your end of year pick up is quickly approaching! For the most efficient end of year bulk pickup cycle, we request that you schedule your last bulk pickup of the year as soon as you can.

Don’t wait until the month is over, schedule your pickup now!

 

How does nationwide bulk waste pickup work to increase efficiency at my facility?

Our bulk pickup services provide a cost-effective solution for facilities that recycle a large amount of universal waste. Our program takes care of waste including fluorescent lamps (crushed or not), ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste. And our flexible scheduling allows us to coordinate a pickup date that works best for you.

Your packaged waste is picked up and delivered to one of our certified recycling partners. The waste is then recycled, and you’ll receive a Certificate of Recycling to confirm proper handling and processing. Our online recycling reports allow anyone who has utilized bulk pickup recycling services to receive detailed information about their facility’s recycling progress. Each report details specifically what types of waste were recycled, the amount recycled, and the date processed. These reports are available online 24/7 and are perfect for facility management reviews, “green” marketing initiatives, and more.

 

Schedule your final bulk pickup of 2017 online or by phone at (800) 909-9709.

 

 

If this is your first time using the convenient universal waste recycling services from TerraCycle Regulated Waste, LLC (Formerly Air Cycle Corporation), call (800) 909-9709 to request a quote and see if your facility is a good fit for our Nationwide Bulk Pickup recycling services. Learn more about our simple, sustainable waste recycling solutions online at aircycle.com!

How Air Cycle Can Help You Wrap Up Q4

Moving into quarter four is an exciting time for companies, but it can also be overwhelming. Have you been storing your spent waste throughout the year and need someone to take it off your hands? Quickly schedule your end-of-year bulk pickup.

Whether you crush linear fluorescent lamps, CFLs, and u-tubes or you palletize and store a variety of universal waste, recycling your spent materials before the end of the year is an important part of any efficient universal waste recycling plan.

Schedule your final bulk pickup of 2017 online or by phone at (800) 909-9709.

 

For facilities over 150,000 square feet, bulk pickups provide a cost-effective solution for recycling large amounts of universal waste. Whether you have fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, or electronic waste, Air Cycle will help you recycle it.

We pick up and deliver your waste to one of our certified recycling partners, and provide you with a Certificate of Recycling to confirm proper handling and processing.

We also work with your schedule to coordinate a pickup date that fits your company’s needs.

Does your company need simple, sustainable recycling solutions? Pair programs to get more bang for your buck!

We’ve made it our mission to provide easy-to-implement recycling solutions for organizations. Our Bulk Pickup program pairs perfectly with the Bulb Eater® and eliminates the need to store intact lamps between pickup dates. The 55-gallon drum can hold up to 1,350 crushed lamps, saving you time, space, and money. When your gallon is full, you simply schedule a bulk pickup to recycle the crushed lamps, as well as other bulk universal waste from your facility.

 

If this is your first time hearing about our convenient universal waste recycling services from Air Cycle, call (800) 909-9709 to request a quote.

To book your final bulk pickup of 2017, please schedule online or call Air Cycle!

 

Prepare Your Budget for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

Are you planning your budget for the next fiscal year? Don’t forget about your corporate universal waste recycling program!

As the end of the fiscal year approaches, you may be wondering how you can appropriately disperse funds in the coming year. Spend your budget in a way that isn’t wasteful and will benefit your company as a whole.

Air Cycle offers companies simple, sustainable solutions that allow you to comply with Universal Waste regulations. Here are three of our solutions you may want to consider this year:

  1. Bulk Pick Up

For facilities over 150,000 square feet, bulk pickups provide a cost-effective solution for recycling large amounts of universal waste. Do you have fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste you need removed? Our service area covers all 48 lower states.

Your packaged waste is picked up and delivered to one of our permitted recycling partners. Once the waste is recycled, you’ll receive a Certificate of Recycling to confirm proper handling and processing.

 

  1. The Bulb Eater 3

If saving money and creating a safer work environment are important to you, consider our Bulb Eater machines. The Bulb Eater 3 (and Bulb Eater 3L, created especially for smaller facilities) reduces risk and liability associated with improper disposal and reduces labor by up to 20 hours per 1,000 lamps. Why not make lamp recycling fun, while also saving money.

 

  1. EasyPak with Vapor Shield

We’ve proven that our EasyPak boxes beat out the competition. Not only are they incredibly easy to use, they’re also designed for simple compliance. Select your containers online, fill them according to the instructions listed, and send them back to us. Once you’re done, you can reorder boxes, or better yet, enroll in our Auto Reorder program. Your order history, Certificates of Recycling and recycling reports are readily available on-line.

 

At Air Cycle, we believe that recycling should be easy, not difficult or time consuming. That’s why we offer some of the easiest, most effective recycling programs in the world. Contact us today to learn more about our solutions: 800.909.9709.

Air Cycle’s EasyPak Lamp Recycling Boxes Beat out the Competition

We talk a big game about our products, but it’s not just hype! We put our recycling solutions to the test in a live demonstration. Air Cycle’s EasyPak lamp recycling boxes make packing spent lamps easier and safer thanks to our unique Vapor Shield design technology! Watch our demonstration to see the ease facility workers have when using EasyPak with Vapor Shield from Air Cycle Corporation.


With only 3 simple parts, you can pack your lamps without worrying about the complicated assembly process our competitors use. Don’t mess with boxes and bags or boxes-in-bags-in-boxes – the inner boxes and outer bags lead to more waste and increase the chances of snagging on the lamps during the fill process. Utilize the full capacity of the container while our Vapor Shield technology protects your employees in the event of incidental lamp breakage!

Visit aircycle.com for more details on Easy Pak and the Vapor Shield technology developed by Air Cycle and find out how you can efficiently recycle your lamps and other Universal Waste using our pre-paid recycling containers.

Air Cycle Corporation is a sustainable solutions and technologies company. We believe that people want innovative tools and services that are easy to use, improve results, save money, and are environmentally protective. Air Cycle is committed to developing those tools and services in order to help people, protect our environment, and create opportunity for our team and partners.

Do you need to recycle fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, and e-waste? Our products and services are designed to enable you to implement a comprehensive environmental program for your facility.

Learn more about our simple, sustainable solutions by visiting AirCycle.com! One of our dedicated Customer Care reps will be happy to talk with you about just how much your business and employees will benefit from our simple, sustainable solutions! Contact us today by phone at 800.909.9709 or by emailing info@aircycle.com.

 

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!

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