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.”
The Air Cycle Recycling Solution
A few different solutions exist for proper management and handling of lamp waste depending on the size of the school districts. Facilities over 200,000 sq. ft. highly benefit from using a drum-top lamp crushing system such as the Bulb Eater® 3 (BE3) to save space, time, costs, and ensure worker safety. The BE3 is property wide accepted and viewed as a valued product. The unit is a high quality product that is condensed and allows for many different lamp shapes and sizes. Drum top lamp crushing systems allow lamps to be crushed within a sealed dot approved 55 gallon drum. As the spent lamps are produced at the facilities they can be disposed of in a proper way until the drums are full and recycled.
This solution allows for the elimination of intact fluorescent lamps being stored in a potentially hazardous situation while providing facility safety from accidental breakage of fluorescent lamps. Valuable storage space will be free from unnecessary boxes of spent fluorescent lamps and allows for the lamp waste to be recycled at a much lower cost. Air Cycle’s partnered recycling facility located all of the US provide easy cost effective and convenient pick-ups when the drum is full of crushed lamps.
The Peoria Unified School district utilized Air Cycle’s services and BE3 machine to efficiently control the amount of spent lamps required for proper disposal from over forty campuses and several support facilities. They were now able to dispose of the lamps on an as needed basis. This eliminated the need to store the used lamps waiting for a required amount to package and ship out for recycling while ensuring facility safety.
“I would recommend Air Cycles services to any facility for huge cost savings. We have saved over thousands of dollars in a short period of time, reduced the amount of labor required for managing spent lamps, and gained storage space no longer consumed with boxes of lamps. The machine was a huge benefit to our facilities, safe to use, and simple to operate.”
“What can I do to save time, space, and money on managing intact spent lamps produced at our facilities?”
For the Peoria Unified School District the answer was simple. The District turned to Air Cycle Corporation to provide solutions to managing lamp waste. Air Cycle Corporation is a proud leader in sustainable solutions and technologies, providing services to facilities of any size for managing all types of waste required to be recycled.