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.

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