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Upgrade to a Drum Top Lamp Crushing System for Increased Efficiency and Safety
Monday, July 18, 2016
Are you already an avid lamp recycler? If you opt to crush your bulbs using a drum top lamp crusher rather than using a mail-in program, you may be in the market to upgrade your system. The next generation of Bulb Eater® 3 is filled with features that increase operator comfort and workplace safety, such as:
on-board controls to assist with machine diagnostics
- an easy to read LCD diagnostic screen
- self-diagnostic fault codes
- crushes linear lamps of all lengths
- compatible for crushing U-tube lamps and CFLs
- lower angle entry tube for ease of operation
This system works hand-in-hand with our bulk recycling services, crushing lamps into 100% recyclable material inside a drum, and
capturing over 99.99% of dangerous mercury vapors for a safe, compliant work
environment. Click here to learn more about how the Bulb Eater® 3 can increase efficiency and safety in your facility.
The Climate Action Plan and Your Facility - Fluorescent Lamp Recycling
Monday, July 11, 2016
A great deal can happen in eight years. When you remember Obama’s presidency, what stands out to you? Fluorescent lamps probably aren’t at the top of your mind, but with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan now in full effect, we’ll see how politics can influence facility management.
According to the Department of Energy, it is estimated that lighting systems using linear fluorescent lamps account for over 75% of the lighting service in commercial buildings. With the Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy released new standards to improve energy efficiency in general service fluorescent lamps, set to reduce emissions and electricity use in commercial facilities.
To learn more about legislation on recycling universal waste in the United States, visit blog.aircycle.com and read "What Do Universal Waste Recycling and the Election Have in Common?"
Set Up Your Recycling Program Using Mail-In Recycling Containers
Thursday, June 16, 2016
To gain full “buy in” from your organization’s fledgling
recycling program, it helps to have a plan in place. With EasyPak pre-paid
mail-in universal waste recycling containers, recycling anything from batteries
to fluorescent bulbs to thermostats has never been easier. All you need to do
is follow these three steps:
1. Set goals for your
Just like any project, setting clear goals provides your
organization with a clear path from which to measure your success.
2. Measure progress
against your goals.
If you can’t measure progress against your goals, how
do you know if you are successful? Measure your recycling activities against
your goals and solicit feedback from both program users and your recycling
partners to understand what is working and what’s not. Make changes based on
3. Take pride and
boast about your accomplishments.
Publish your results and to gain
recognition and promote a “recycling matters” culture within you organization
Certain commonly used products contain hazardous materials
and may also be regulated.
recycling results assure regulators that you have a program in place and
reporting provides a means to document compliance with applicable regulations. For
example, these common workplace materials are regulated by Federal and State Universal Waste laws
, and require regulated recycling:
- Batteries Recycle
various types of dry cell batteries including alkaline, nickel cadmium, lithium
& lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride, iron, zinc carbon, silver, and Tire
Pressure Monitor System (TPMS), as well as AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt.
- Fluorescent lights Air
Cycle provides simple sustainable solutions that make recycling any amount of
fluorescent bulbs or CFLs easy.
- Electronic waste, while
not regulated as Universal Waste by the Federal government, is considered so by
certain states. This list includes, but is not limited to, computers, monitors,
telecom gear, fax machines and TVs.
EasyPak Mail-in Containers make it easy to start
a recycling program. Everything you need to start your program, including
properly labeled storage containers, makes lamp, battery, ballast, and electronic
recycling easy. These containers are UN certified, provide automatic reordering
and online certificates of recycling, and they are serviced by UPS’ nationwide
logistics network. Click here to watch our video and learn more.
End of the School Year, Beginning of School Maintenance
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
While some of us celebrate the end of the school year, it’s
just the beginning of an often hectic time of year for many long term school
maintenance programs, just waiting for the time that classrooms aren’t filled with
students. It’s time to deal with major
maintenance programs. If that means lighting, hardware and network
infrastructure upgrades, your work has just begun, and you have only two months
to complete the work!
Air Cycle takes
the hassle out of your lighting and electronic waste recycling
, which allows
you to concentrate on your project work.
When your project comes to an end, let us help you maintain
your recycling program with our easy to use EasyPak Recycling Containers
tracking and recycling metrics are all part of documenting and ensuring
compliance, with applicable State and Federal laws. Make it easy to recycle by ordering
new recycling containers for the upcoming fall rush.
And once your project is complete, don’t let spent lamps,
batteries, ballasts, and electronics clutter basements and storage closets at
your school. We provide a simple solution to stay in compliance with state and
federal recycling regulations with a single cost-effective solution. Here’s how
EasyPak Recycling can make a difference in your facility.
Containers: choose from lamp, ballast, battery, electronics and thermostat
recycling containers. Once you have your containers selected, complete the
checkout process to start a Sustainable Program.
- Fill With
Waste: Fill containers with your fluorescent lamp, battery, ballast,
electronic, or thermostat waste. The
containers you use for storage are UN Certified for safe transport, and come
with full instructions.
and Repeat: Each container comes with a UPS pre-paid shipping label. Follow
instructions printed on the container and call to schedule a pickup. As soon as
we receive your EasyPak™ container for recycling, we'll ship you a replacement
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Simple Solutions to Complex Recycling Regulations
Monday, May 16, 2016
Tackling the complex problem of universal waste recycling
for large organizations can be a daunting task, even with staff specifically
trained to deal with such issues. Service organizations such as hotels, colleges,
and hospitals don’t generate hazardous materials as a normal course and all too
often, these businesses may not be aware of state, local, and federal environmentalregulations
Common workplace waste, such as spent batteries
, fluorescent bulbs
are regulated in each state and are generated
in such volumes that they cannot be landfilled legally. One fine can easily
erode the savings incurred through illegally landfilling regulated waste.
As green practices become more commonplace, consumers
increasingly factor environmentally sustainable practices into their purchase
decisions. According to a survey by FORBES
, 62 percent of travelers either always or often consider the
environment when choosing a hotel, transportation, or restaurant. By being
proactive and responsible, your service company can avoid the potential for
significant negative public relations and turn it into core business ethic.
Service organizations can easily put a universal waste
recycling program in place for lamps, batteries, ballasts, and electronics by using Air Cycle’s EasyPak program
. For one flat rate, an EasyPak container is shipped to you and the
pre-paid service provides you everything you need to put a recycling program in place. The service includes easy to assemble and use storage containers, that
when full are sealed and sent for recycling using the UPS pre-paid address
label that comes with each container. Recycling has never been easier.
Recycle a full container and a replacement will
automatically be reordered and sent to you. Track your progress and set goals
with live, visual reporting of the waste recycled at your facility. You’ll
receive official, online Certificates of Recycling
for download in your inbox
to stay in compliance and avoid costly fines.
Marketing Your Green Initiative With Recycling Reporting
Monday, April 25, 2016
When it comes to marketing your green business, there’s more
to environmental responsibility than meets the eye. Incorporating green
business practices can provide the opportunity to connect with environmentally
conscious consumers and businesses. Are you ready to start publicizing your
reduced impact? Here’s how to get started.
- Know Your Customers. Why should they care? It’s important to share
how you’re making an impact in a way that is meaningful to the end user. How
can your green initiative fit into their lifestyle? In the hotel industry,
reminding consumers that the CFL bulbs in their rooms use less energy and are
properly recycled after use increases their green perception without taking
anything away from their hotel experience.
- Avoid “greenwashing.” Be transparent about what green means to you.
What are you actively doing to reduce your impact? What certifications does
your organization have? There’s a big difference between encouraging your
employees to carpool to work and actively recycling all of your fluorescent
bulbs, batteries, and electronics.
- Utilize your reporting. In business-to-business corporations,
tracking and publicizing green progress provides the opportunity to market your
results to a new type of customer. Air
Cycle offers online, official Certificates of Recycling, issued to facilities
after recycling waste with EasyPak or an Air Cycle bulk pickup. Tracking the
amounts and types of universal waste recycled not only proves to regulatory
officials that you’re recycling your waste, but also provides the opportunity
to market your progress.
Air Cycle’s customers have seen the benefits of using their
recycling reporting to market their green efforts firsthand. “Our customers in
our buildings want to see proof that we are recycling our waste properly,” says
Scott of CBRE. “All we have to do is look up the recycling certificate online
and print it out to show them how well we’re doing.”
How are you including green reporting in your current
corporate environmental plan?
Air Cycle Corporation
is a simple sustainable solutions and technologies company. We believe that
people want innovative tools and services that are easy to use, improve
results, save money, and are environmentally protective. Air Cycle is committed
to developing those tools and services in order to help people and protect our
environment, and create opportunity for our team and partners.
Labels: Certificates of Recycling, EasyPak, Green Marketing, Marketing, Recycling Reporting