Air Cycle E-Newsletter

Air Cycle July 2005 E-Newsletter

Continuing our efforts to better communicate new products, services, industry news, and regulatory updates, Air Cycle provides the following E-Newsletter.

Air Cycle Introduces Online Store

The online store offers Bulb Eater machines, replacement parts and pre-paid recycling products at discount prices. Products can be viewed and purchased securely online for fast delivery. Air Cycle's online store also offers the ability to create a printable quote and dynamically calculate shipping costs.

Shop at www.aircycle.com today!

NYC Metro North - Investing in fluorescent bulb crushers

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In an effort to cut disposal costs and be more environmentally friendly, Metro North purchased a fluorescent bulb crusher and began recycling its fluorescent bulbs. The crusher is a covered 55-gallon drum that holds a crusher, vacuum, and HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to contain dust and mercury released during crushing.

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EPA Fines NYC College for Hazardous Waste Violations

Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, faces $111,199 in fines from the EPA for alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure environmental compliance by institutions of higher learning, has issued an enforcement action against Manhattan College alleging violations of federal and New York State laws that provide for identification, storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous wastes.

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I Hate Fluorescent!

by Eric Strandberg LC - www.lightingdesignlab.com

As a lighting consultant I often hear people say, "I hate fluorescent". Many of us think of cold, institutional spaces when we think of fluorescent (FL) lighting. This is because of

  • the poor color qualities of the old style lamps (T-12),
  • the noise and flicker from magnetic ballasts
  • the indifferent lighting design applied to many commercial spaces.

Justifiably, we object to buzzing ballasts, flickering lamps, and poor color quality. Today's new fluorescent products can solve of all of these problems... except indifferent design.

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Lamp Recycling Made Easy - Compliance with the Universal Waste Rule

BUILDING SERVICES MANAGEMENT - May 2005

Whether constructing or maintaining an office building, hospital or home, decisionmakers must consider environmental regulation compliance as they dispose of potentially hazardous waste.

In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Universal Waste Rule (UWR) to make environmental regulations for wastes, generated by large numbers of businesses in relatively small quantities, more efficient. Universal wastes are typically items that households and small businesses frequently throw into the trash, including thermostats, batteries and pesticides. Over the past six years, particular attention has been paid to the addition of mercury-containing lamps to the UWR.

The reason for the amendment to the UWR is threefold: to reduce the solid waste stream’s exposure to hazardous waste, to encourage recycling and proper disposal of common hazardous wastes and to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses that generate these wastes. The rule intends to make it easier for hazardous waste generators to “do their part.” EPA studies have shown that past deterrents to proper disposal of mercury-containing lamps included cost, inconvenience, lack of infrastructure and an absence of clear, consistent information.

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