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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 as traditional  manufacturers.

Common workplace waste, such as spent batteries, fluorescent bulbs, ballasts and electronics 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 MAGAZINE, 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.


  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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How To Safely Seal Your EasyPak VaporShield Containers

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Our products and services are designed to make recycling more convenient, safe, and cost-effective for organizations of all sizes. To ensure the safety of all employees and carriers who handle your EasyPak containers from the moment they hold their first fluorescent bulb, to arriving at a certified recycling facility, it is important to follow all of the instructions included on your EasyPak VaporShield Box. That means not only properly assembling the container, but also making sure that the container is properly sealed before shipment.

Share this short video with your team to learn how to easily assemble and pack an EasyPak VaporShield container to ensure safety during handling and delivery. 


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Need a helpful reminder? Print out these instructions to keep handy while youre packing fluorescent bulbs for shipment.

  1. When assembling your box for the first time, press the end cap into one end of the center section.
  2. Remove the white strips from the pressure sensitive tape on the first end cap, and press the folds firmly along the sides of the center section.
  3. Seal end cap to container with 3 wide box tape. Seal all edges and corners for shipping. Make several wraps around the intersection of the end cap and center section of the box to create a tight seal. Tape should cover all of the creases created by the end cap.
  4. Press firmly on the tape to ensure that it adheres.
  5. When you begin to fill the box with spent lamps, be sure to write the accumulation start date in the box on the side of the center section.
  6. If the box is not entirely filled, insert the end cap into the open end of the center section without taping. This will keep the box closed when not in use.
  7. When the box is filled with linear fluorescent lamps, press the end cap down onto the center section until the lamps pierce the first layer of cardboard on the end cap, holding the bulbs in place.
  8. Remove the white strips from the pressure sensitive tape located on the underside of the end cap, and press the folds firmly along the sides of the center section.
  9. Repeat steps three and four to the opposite end cap to ensure a secure seal.



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The University of New Mexico's Recycling Problem - Solved.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The University of New Mexico is a nationally recognized leader in higher education that prides themselves in their use of sustainable practices to ensure a positive impact on the environment. As part of this commitment to being a “green university,” UNM searched for a safe and economical way to handle fluorescent lamp waste. 

Since these lamps contain mercury and proper management and disposal is regulated by the EPA, sending spent lamps to a local landfill was not an option. Instead, UNM would have to find a simple, sustainable solution for handling and disposing of lamps. This solution would have to:

1. Minimize storage of intact spent lamps
2. Reduce the potential for breakage during handling
3. Meet state and federal recycling regulations
4. Reduce costs
5. Use minimal labor hours while keeping workers safe

“The UNM needs a safe and economical way to dispose of fluorescent lamps that requires less time, labor, storage space, and recedes cost for proper disposal.”
Scott George, University of New Mexico

How did the University of New Mexico find a simple, sustainable solution that met all of their needs? Read the full case study here to find out how you can reduce costs and risk of potential lamp breakage in your facility with the help of AirCycle.com

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Increase Work Environment Safety With Lamp Recycling

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Bulb Eater 3 drum top fluorescent lamp crusher with Intelli Technology is the most fun you can have disposing of lamps, but it’s also much more. This incredible innovation brings to mind efficiency, compliance, and most of all, safety. Mercury is a nerve poison that, when vaporized, can easily be absorbed into the lungs and blood stream. Federal regulations protect workers, and fines for improper disposal could be as much as $32,000 per occurrence. 

Among the many reasons to use the Bulb Eater 3®, which crushes an entire pallet of lamps into a 55-gallon drum, is the reduction of risk and liability associated with improper disposal. EPA studies have shown an estimated 2-3% accidental breakage rate while handling bulbs for pickup, releasing dangerous mercury gas into the work environment. The Bulb Eater 3 reduces labor by up to 20 hours per 1,000 lamps, which reduces time handling bulbs and chances of accidental breakage. Workers are safer, and liability is reduced.

How does lamp recycling create a safer work environment? Read more from Air Cycle here

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Do Travelers Care About Staying With Green Hotels?

Monday, March 21, 2016
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According to a survey by Forbes Magazine, 62 percent of travelers either always or often consider the environment when choosing a hotel, transportation, or restaurant. The survey also shows that 69 percent say they plan to make even more eco-friendly choices in the next 12 months.

The majority of respondents agreed that hotels could do a better job of publicizing their green initiatives. In fact, most revealed that they rarely or never felt informed about whether hotels are truly eco-friendly. We’d like to believe that hotels practice environmental sustainability for the sake of our environment, but with more heads in beds, who could argue with this survey?

There is a rare opportunity, of which most hotels aren’t taking advantage, to use sustainability reporting metrics as green marketing. In fact, Trip Advisor launched a rating service called Green Leaders in 2013 in partnership with Energy Star, the US Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Program, to recognize hotels based on environmental practices. Air Cycle partner Renaissance Arlington Capital View, is a 2015 Green Leader, LEED certified hotel, and received the Virginia Green Travel Star Award for Green Hotel of the Year.

With Air Cycle’s suite of simple sustainable solutions, it’s easy to report your sustainability metrics by using the Bulb Eater 3 lamp crushing system, EasyPak mail-in recycling program, Bulk Recycling Services, or EnviroPure food waste disposal system.

Are you ready to form a universal waste recycling plan? Find your solution here.

Enrolling in an Air Cycle corporate recycling program not only makes compliance with state and federal regulations simple, but also includes tracking of your green progress, which can influence travelers to choose your hotel when used in your green marketing initiative.

LampRecycling.com is powered by Air Cycle Corporation, a simple sustainable solutions company. Learn more about diverting universal and food waste at AirCycle.com.

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Meet the Virginia Green Hotel of the Year

Monday, March 7, 2016
Seeing our clients rewarded for their environmental stewardship makes being a sustainability company more rewarding than ever. Worldwide, organizations recognize hotels, universities, hospitals, corporations, and more who go above and beyond, using environmentally sustainable products and services to reduce their impact. We’re proud to provide universal waste recycling products and services that make sustainability simple.


This year, we traveled to the Virginia Green Travel Conference, where our friends at The Renaissance Arlington at Capital View, a Marriott Hotel, received the Star Award at the Green Hotel of the Year for their ongoing sustainability efforts, including the use of our innovative line of recycling products and services. Congratulations Renaissance Arlington! To learn more about this prestigious award, visit blog.aircycle.com.

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