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.
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 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.
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.