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5 Must-Read Articles for Facility Managers Everywhere

Monday, November 7, 2016
As 2016 draws to an end, we can’t help but think of how much we learned in a year’s time. This week, we’re compiling a list of resources for facilities managers, straight from the most trusted publications in the industry. If you haven’t already come across these insightful articles this year, click through to hear from industry experts on retrofit planning, long-term maintenance, facilities management trend projections, and more.

2016 Money Saving Products: Buildings Magazine. Our Bulb Eater® was named a money saving product of the year by Buildings Magazine in 2012, and every year, the publication has made it easy to find products in every category, from janitorial solutions to energy monitors. Bookmark this article as your go-to for increasing efficiency of operations for facility managers.

PRSM Association Releases 2017 Trends Report: Facilitiesnet. In the retail industry? This report dives into projected 2017 trends and the effects they’ll have on facilities management decisions, touching on everything from federal regulations to transforming the retail environment.

Preserving Our School Facility Investments: School Planning and Management. Too often, school districts utilize non-recurring funding sources, like bond issue referendums, to fund major construction projects without establishing a plan for long-term maintenance or a plan to fund said maintenance. Consider this a school facilities manager’s guide to planning for long term maintenance.

Maintaining Our Standards: College Planning and Management. We guarantee you haven’t thought of regulations and industry standards in this way before. Take a look at how pushing the limits in facilities management could be a slippery slope in regards to efficiency and safety.

A High Performance Management Plan Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Retrofit: Retrofit Magazine. Make a connection between replacing aging systems and attracting new clients, or maintaining structural safety and improving occupant health. This resource will help you explore the unforeseen benefits of your next retrofit.

Mail in Your Pre-Paid Universal Waste Recycling Containers for Auto-Reorder

Monday, October 24, 2016
Facility managers – what’s on your to-do list for the end of the year? Now is best time to determine if you are ready to return your Universal Waste container. If you’re a member of our nationwide mail-in recycling program, you can easily mail in your EasyPak containers using your pre-paid UPS label. Did you also know that automatic container reorder is also an option? You will never have to remember to re-order replacement containers when you sign up for our program.

With EasyPak, recycling your universal waste is simple. One price includes everything you need: the container, shipping to our permitted recycling centers, and instant online and downloadable recycling reports.

How does the EasyPak mail-in recycling program work?

  1. Order as many containers as your need for your facility. Whether you’re recycling intact fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, electronics, or thermostats, the more you buy, the more you save.
  2. The EasyPak containers will be shipped to you with a return UPS shipping label and instructions.
  3. Once the container is full, tape the box closed or seal the lid on the bucket, attach the supplied shipping label with your facility’s name and address, and it is automatically shipped it to the recycling center closest to you for processing.
  4. Access online Certificates of Recycling and reports.
  5. Reorder EasyPak products or sign up for our Auto Reorder program.

How does our Auto Reorder program work?

Automatic re-ordering is available exclusively at When you return a full container to the pre-assigned recycling facility, a replacement container of the same type will automatically be reordered and shipped to your facility. Our container tracking software is available around the clock online, enabling managers “cradle to grave” access for container status.

How safe is the packaging of intact fluorescent lamps to ensure safe delivery to the recycling facility?

At Air Cycle, our products and services are designed to increase workplace safety and efficiency. You can ensure the safety of not only your employees, but the carriers who will handle your EasyPak VaporShield® containers. Our VaporShield® containers have been engineered to provide protection from mercury vapors due to accidental breakage. Click here to watch a short video on how to easily assemble and pack an EasyPak VaporShield® container.

If you’d like to learn more about how your facility could benefit from a pre-paid mail-in recycling program or our Auto Reorder program, visit or call us at (888) 640-6700.

OSHA Compliance for Your Lamp Recycling Program

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
There is no issue more important, or more challenging to facility managers than safety within their operations. Did you know that President Obama signed legislation allowing a 150% increase in maximum penalties associated with regulatory citations?  According to Facilities Management Decisions, this could mean that a minor to serious violation could jump from $7,000 to $12,500 in fines, or from $70,000 to $125,000 for repeat of willful violations.

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What Are My Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Options?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Facility executives everywhere are motivated by state and federal regulations, the quest for efficiency, and environmental sustainability to find a recycling program that best fits their operations. So, how do you make an educated decision? Better yet, are there multiple solutions that could benefit a single facility?

Take the quiz to see which service is right for you here!

Bulk Pickup: The most popular option, bulk recycling is a common solution to fluorescent lamp recycling. Spent lamps are packed into boxes or fiber drums until it’s time for your scheduled pickup. This is a relatively inexpensive option, but still requires that your facility store spent lamps for up to a year.

Pre-Paid Recycling Containers: By purchasing our EasyPak containers, you’ll increase efficiency in your facility while saving space. Auto-replenishment delivers new lamp recycling containers, protected by VaporShield technology, to your facility as needed. Easily create your mail-in pre-paid recycling program online at

Lamp Crushing: By investing in a drum-top lamp crusher, like our Bulb Eater or Bulb Eater 3, facility managers can reduce the volume of spent lamps to eliminate storage space and transportation costs associated with recycling intact lamps. Lamp crushing works in tandem with bulk recycling as full drums are scheduled for pickup and delivery to proper recycling facilities based on your business’ unique needs.

How do you decide? First, it’s important to understand your state regulations. For example, crushers are regulated at the state level as a means of monitoring mercury emissions to support the environment. Our drum top lamp crushers are rigorously tested to safely crush lamps while capturing virtually all harmful mercury in the process.

Air Cycle provides simple, sustainable solutions to universal waste recycling.

Can A Lighting Retrofit Save You Money?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Are you achieving the highest level of energy efficiency in your facility? Lighting represents a significant percentage of your overall energy consumption and should be analyzed as part of any energy audit. Choosing the right lighting may not only pay for the new equipment necessary in a lighting retrofit, but produce an additional return on investment. How do you know if a lighting retrofit is worth the initial investment?

  1. Compare apples to apples. Compare your existing system to the proposed retrofit system, which should include more energy efficient lamps and ballasts at a comparable light output.
  2. Remember your key statistics. Take into consideration hours per operation each year, wattage per fixture, and energy consumption per year to determine your annual energy savings with a retrofit.
  3. Determine your payback. Net installation cost over annual energy savings will determine your years to payback. You can find more useful formulas like these in this article by
  4. Present a variety of options. Increase your chances of receiving the green light from senior management by presenting these numbers for a variety of retrofit options. Some utilities offer programs that reward lower energy consumption with rebates that can make a retrofit even more attractive.
  5. Recycle post-retrofit.

A lighting retrofit can leave you with a great deal of spent fluorescent lamps and ballasts, which may be regulated under State and Federal Universal Waste Regulation. Does your retrofit plan also include a recycling plan that documents your recycling activities? The EasyPak program from Air Cycle provides easy-to-use packages for safely mailing in spent lamps and ballasts, pre-paid for recycling at one of our many partner facilities in 48 states.

With VaporShield technology, our pre-paid mail-in fluorescent lamp recycling containers are designed to make recycling your spent lamps faster and safer than ever before. Learn more about safely packaging your VaporShield boxes by watching this quick video on our blog.

And, if you are dealing with a large retrofit, involving thousands of lamps, our Bulb Eater lamp crushing systems can eliminate the need for boxing, labeling, and palletizing hundreds of boxes of lamps. A single drum can contain as many as 1,350 four foot linear fluorescents.

Whether picking up drums of crushed lamps or pallets of boxed lamps, we offer a bulk pick-up and recycling service throughout the lower 48 states.