Why Lamp Recycling Still Matters

Today's Facility Manager

What’s in it for me? That is a question many facility managers ask when it comes to fluorescent lamp recycling, and for good reason. A tough economy is forcing facility managers to trim budgets, raising the question of how to most efficiently dispose of spent lamps. 

Simply throwing the bulbs out is a tempting option. Under budgetary constraints, it can be difficult to see the point of recycling—trashing lamps costs nothing upfront and requires virtually no labor, giving it a short-term advantage over lamp recycling. But throwing away lamps carries other financial, environmental, and public relations risks, which often outweigh the comparatively small fee for recycling over the long run.

The Costs of Throwing Away Lamps

In most of the US, throwing away fluorescent lamps is a violation of state and federal environmental regulations. By throwing out lamps, and violating the regulations, companies risk incurring large fines. Government environmental officials regularly investigate reports of facility noncompliance and, if violations are found, citations may be issued for fines ranging from the tens to the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Recycling Lamps with Air Cycle

Air Cycle offers cost-effective and convenient ways to recycle fluorescent lamps for any size facility. For large lamp quantities, the Bulb Eater® lamp crusher can reduce recycling costs by up to 50% versus recycling intact lamps, and the EasyPak™ program saves time on recycling small quantities with included prepaid return shipping and optional automatic reordering. Learn more » Air Cycle lamp recycling solutions