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.

Should your Facility Consider the New Bulb Eater Services Program?

With our new Bulb Eater Services Program, you can save time and money using our supplied award-winning Bulb Eater and be environmentally friendly at the same time! Perfect for schools, hotels, office buildings, or facilities with over 200,000 square feet of lighted space, our new Bulb Eater Services Program cuts expenses without breaking the bank.

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Save Money with Our New Bulb Eater Services Program

We are pleased to announce the introduction of our Bulb Eater Services Program. A program designed for any facility, regardless of size, that includes the use of a Bulb Eater 3 or our new Bulb Eater 3L!

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School’s Out, Let Summer Maintenance Projects Begin

School is out for summer, leaving the school open for those large maintenance projects that you’ve been putting off all year. Are you tackling any large lighting projects this summer? Air Cycle can take the recycling headaches from you and allow you to spend more time on the projects themselves, making your school more resourceful. Choose one of these three easy solutions to recycle your fluorescent spent lamps the right way.

  • With Air Cycle’s Bulb Eater®, schools can process fluorescent lamps of all sizes, thereby minimizing physical labor, spent lamp storage space, and recycling costs. Investing in The Bulb Eater® is the first step to retrofitting a school’s recycling plan and creating a safe work environment with its on-site lamp crushing capability, that can be used year-round.
  • Air Cycle offers Bulk Pickup Recycling Services. These services can be scheduled online or by phone, to recycle waste and establish a cost-effective solution for recycling, which also provides your recycling history and certificates of recycling. Our Bulk Pickup services can pick up full drums from your Bulb Eater use or intact ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste.
  • For smaller quantities, the EasyPak Sustainable Program is another alternative to recycling lamps, ballasts, batteries, electronics and thermostat recycling containers. Simply fill the EasyPak boxes or bins with the spent waste material and return them using the provided pre-paid UPS shipping label. For records and reports, EasyPak even provides your school’s recycling history and a certificate of recycling.

If your existing recycling program takes more time than you have, or you simply want to start a recycling program, Air Cycle wants to help your school make it as elementary as possible. Air Cycle’s Total Program Management will walk your school through the process with consultation, regular guidance, and even training to result in a hassle-free, eco-friendly program. Enjoy our short, provided video to learn more about Total Program Management and see if it’s right for your school.

Air Cycle is committed to broadening your school’s recycling programs. Save time and money with our services. Contact us to start your plan today before summer flies by. Visit aircycle.com or call 800.909.9709 to speak with a recycling specialist about how we can help you with your summer re-lamping and/or retrofitting project.

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.

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Universal Waste Recycling with Air Cycle Saves Money!

Federal regulations classify four categories as universal waste: batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and mercury lamps. Though these products contain hazardous materials, they are all quite common. Businesses and households all generate universal waste, many not realizing the impact on our environment. While federal and state regulators may not police individual households, you can be assured they are observing the accumulation of waste made by facilities and businesses.  Continue reading “Universal Waste Recycling with Air Cycle Saves Money!”

Air Cycle Releases New Bulb Eater Model: The Bulb Eater® 3L!

Air Cycle Corporation is excited to announce the release of the newest addition to its line of fluorescent lamp crushers, the Bulb Eater® 3L.

This new product is the next generation of the Bulb Eater® lamp crushing system, crushing straight fluorescent lamps of any length, CFL’s, and u-tube lamps into 100% recyclable material while capturing 99.99% of vapors released. The Bulb Eater® 3L technology makes it easier for businesses to be environmentally conscious while saving time and money. This machine 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.

How does the Bulb Eater® 3L work?

The Bulb Eater® 3L pre-crushes fluorescent lamps and filling drums at your facility as an initial step in the recycling process. Once the drums are full, Air Cycle provides a nationwide pickup service for the lamps to be picked up and then recycled.

Recycle and save money all with one new product!

The Bulb Eater® 3L with Intelli Technology optimizes routine machine maintenance, reduces labor costs, minimizes storage space by up to 80%, and saves up to 50% on recycling costs. The Bulb Eater® 3L also provides your facility with OSHA and ACGIH compliance, worker safety, and environmental protection. If you are concerned with space and storage issues that often coincide with recycling solutions, you can now take full advantage of Air Cycle’s newest addition to its lamp crusher series.

With the power of Air Cycle’s simple, sustainable solutions for corporate recycling, facilities can save time and money with one comprehensive, nationwide service provider. Talk to one of our experts now to find out how The Bulb Eater® 3L can help you save space and reduce recycling costs more efficiently than ever before!

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.