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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?

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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.