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.”