A Snapshot of Small Facility Lamp Recycling

Today's Facility Manager

In the February Professional Development column of Today’s Facility Manager, I explained why recycling spent fluorescent lamps still matters, even in a tough economy like the one we face now. Recycling lamps can mitigate the financial, environmental, and public relations risks of throwing them out, as well as generate additional benefits like green marketing opportunities. This month, I review the lamp recycling options available to facility managers (fms), and provide a snapshot of what lamp recycling often looks like for a small facility of less than 150,000 square feet.

When lamps burn out or are replaced in a lighting system retrofit, fms typically have three options for recycling them: mail-in boxes or containers, a pickup of intact lamps in bulk quantity, or crushing lamps for storage and eventual pickup. While a bulk lamp pickup or use of a lamp crushing system can be appropriate for a unique occasion like a lighting retrofit, where spent lamps are generated on a large scale over a short period of time, a mail-in program is usually more suitable for the day-to-day lamp recycling needs of a facility under 150,000 square feet.

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