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T12 Lamp Phase-Out: Managing the Change

Thursday, December 29, 2011
With the upcoming phase-out of many popular T12 lamp variants just months away, many facility managers face a dilemma about how to handle the change.

This article from Main Line Media News covers several possible approaches to dealing with the shift, and highlights the aesthetic, environmental and economic benefits (including a reduction in lighting electricity costs of between 25 and 40 percent) that facility managers can expect from upgrading to a more efficient lighting system.

Praise for EasyPak™ Recycling

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
What are people are saying about recycling with's EasyPak™ mail-in containers? Let's find out!

"Convenient and stress free! Just fill it up and send it off. No more worries about what you should do with all those fluorescent lamps!

Rick Keen
Longmont Clinic
Longmont, CO

"Durable, high quality, easy to fill, good tracking tool. Best we've used.

Gerald Carter
Smith Seed Services
Halsey, OR

"Easy to use, great price compared to similar products.

Warren W. Fane, Inc.
Troy, NY

Read more customer testimonials »

If you would like to provide feedback on your experience with EasyPak™, we would love to hear from you! Just choose your container from the product selector and click "Write A Review" under "Product Details." Or, learn more » EasyPak™ recycling containers

New NY Rechargeable Battery Recycling Law

Monday, December 12, 2011
A New York law went into effect earlier this month that requires manufacturers to collect and recycle rechargeable batteries and bans disposal of such batteries in landfills. The new regulation was signed into law in December of last year and took effect on December 5 of this year. The law also requires recycling for laptop, camera, and cell phone batteries.

EasyPak™ mail-in containers make recycling batteries simple. Time-saving EasyPak features include prepaid shipping, online, official Certificates of Recycling, and optional Sustainable Program automatic reordering. Learn more » EasyPak™ recycling containers

New Department of Energy Lamp Ballast Standards

Monday, December 5, 2011
In conjunction with the upcoming phase-out of incandescent light bulbs in 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued revised energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts, according to this article from

The new standards take effect in January of next year and require increased ballast luminous efficiency (BLE), defined as the ratio of total lamp arc power to ballast input power. According to DOE, the revised requirements will help produce significant energy and monetary savings, resulting in reductions in emissions of pollutants.

EasyPak™ mail-in containers make it simple to recycle spent fluorescent lamps and non-PCB ballasts with cost-saving features like prepaid shipping and optional Sustainable Program automatic container reordering. Learn more » EasyPak™ prepaid recycling containers

How it Works: The Lamp Recycling Process

Friday, December 2, 2011
Ever wonder what happens to all those spent lamps that are shipped from facilities via EasyPak™ containers? I did, and learned that in recycling they undergo quite a process of transformation into raw materials for reuse.

First, upon arrival at the recycling center, lamps are automatically fed into pressurized processing machines (which prevent mercury from escaping into the air), while the spent EasyPak containers are recycled or reused. Next, byproducts like phosphor powder are separated from the glass and metal components, which are stored for reuse. Finally, the mercury is safely isolated and extracted from the other materials. The components are now ready to be turned back into a fluorescent lamp or other product!

EasyPak™ mail-in containers make it simple and cost-effective to recycle lamps and other wastes like ballasts, batteries, and electronics with features like prepaid shipping and optional automatic container reordering. Learn more » EasyPak™ recycling containers