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University of Arkansas Saves $20,000 a Year With The Bulb Eater

In honor of Earth Day, the University of Arkansas Little Rock's Physical Plant shows students what they're doing to go green by putting to work the Bulb Eater lamp crushing machine.

The machine alone will save the university $20,000 a year. Rodgers says it's also a time-saver. "It will take 1 minute to recycle bulbs versus boxing that takes upwards of an hour."

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Bulb Recycling Options Abound

Recycling companies are making it easier for businesses to address hazardous waste recycling at their operations. Air Cycle Corp., for instance, has upgraded its online resource, to provide businesses with an easier system for recycling their fluorescent bulbs, CFLs, batteries, ballasts, and electronic waste, and tracking their recycling efforts.

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The Bulb Eater Has A Good Appetite at the University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan plugged in the machine in January 2008 when it started replacing 60,000 light tubes as part of a campus-wide lighting retrofit. The old tubes were fed to the bulb eater.

Kelly Goyer, waste prevention co-ordinator for the university's facilities management department, said the university is replacing T-12 light bulbs with more efficient T-8 bulbs. The older four-foot-long tubes use 34 watts of energy compared to 12 to 14 watts with the newer ones. 

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The Bulb Eater  Fluorescent Lamp Crusher is "A Big Win for the Environment" in Australia

The Bulb Eater is doing big things to help the environment at the Lismore City Council's Recycling and Recovery Centre in Australia.  

A new partnership project between the council and Country Energy means thousands of worn-out street light bulbs from across the Northern Rivers will join the fluorescent bulbs from homes and businesses already being fed to the machine. 

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Fluorescent Lamp Management Facts for Massachusetts Businesses and Institutions 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has published a helpful guide detailing proper handling and disposal of mercury-containing fluorescent lamps.  This guide contains excellent answers to common questions facing facility managers and others who replace and handle fluorescent lamps frequently.

While this fact sheet specifically pertains to Massachusetts lamp recycling regulations, it is a great guide for any facility wanting handle their lamps responsibly and safely.  It is important to note that many other states have rules in place regarding the disposal of mercury-containing lamps.  Please visit our regulations page for more information about laws in your state.

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Air Cycle Hosts Caregiver Kit Event for World Vision

As part of their 1% Pledge, Air Cycle has partnered with World Vision to provide relief supplies to developing countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  Employees from Air Cycle volunteered time filling kits with medical supplies and basic necessities to be distributed to volunteer caregivers that work among those suffering with AIDS amidst dire poverty.

For more information about Air Cycle's work with non-profit organizations and charities, visit the 1% Pledge page.

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Innovation, Flexibility in Lamp Recycling Propels Double-Digit Growth for Air Cycle

Creative and quality recycling solutions combined with excellent customer service allow Air Cycle to effectively meet client needs and continually stay profitable. 

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Disposing of Energy Waste With Air Cycle and Pineapple Hospitality

Pineapple partners with Air Cycle to provide a comprehensive and simple recycling solution for energy- saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and other electronic waste.

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Air Cycle Announces Lamp Recycling Partnership with Marriott Hotels

Marriott chooses Air Cycle to provide lamp disposal solutions for more than 500 hotels nationwide.

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Air Cycle Introduces Online Recycling Reports

For environmentally conscious businesses and organizations, Online Recycling Reports provide an innovative means of tracking and analyzing recycling efforts and relating them to a concerned consumer base. Recycling Reports break down all waste recycled into informative charts and are accessible 24/7.

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Air Cycle Corporation Featured in IFMA Article


IFMA article examines the affordability of lamp recycling. Both EasyPak™ and Bulb Eater® were featured as affordable solutions.

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New PDF Form for Bulk Recycling Pickups

New, easy-to-use PDF makes bulk recycling pickups a breeze. Download now, fill it out at anytime and e-mail it in!

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After February 8th, 2006, all fluorescent lamps in California must be recycled

Title 22, division 4.5, chapter 11, section 66261.50

All fluorescent lamps and tubes are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded because they contain mercury. (Title 22, division 4.5, chapter 11, section 66261.50) This includes:

  • Fluorescent lamps and tubes
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lamps

When mercury-containing lamps or tubes are placed in the trash and collected for disposal, the lamps or tubes are broken and mercury is released to the environment. Mercury vapors from broken lamps or tubes can be absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream. People who are particularly close to the breakage are especially at risk. Mercury from broken lamps and tubes can also be washed by rain water into waterways.

According to a report entitled, Household Universal Waste Generation in California, August 2002, there were 15,555,556 fluorescent lamps sold in California in the year 2001. According to survey results published in the report, only 0.21% of these lamps were recycled.

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New Pig Corporation Now Offers EasyPak™ Recycling Containers To 170,000 Customers!

Since 1985, New Pig has been providing innovative products and services to industrial, institutional and governmental facilities. New Pig grown into a multi-channel, multi-brand supplier of products designed specifically for leak and spill management, industrial safety and plant maintenance.

EasyPak™ Recycling Containers offer easy way to collect and dispose of fluorescent light bulbs. When you purchase this bundled service, you'll receive a durable collection box that doubles as a pre-paid shipping container. When the box is full, simply ship it out for disposal. Once your waste has been properly recycled, you'll receive a certificate of recycling for your records.

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Air Cycle Launches New Website For Brazil

Due to the overwhelming interest in lamp recycling and the Bulb Eater® lamp crushing technology, Air Cycle launched a new website this week in Portuguese to better serve our growing customer base. We appreciate the opportunity to spread our program to other parts of the world and look forward to helping others develop safe, efficient lamp recycling programs.

How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration

Watch a short 5 minute video that explains and visually demonstrates "How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration". This video demonstration was based on a recent study by the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine.

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EPA Targets Hazmat Funding

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Yale University faces a $30,000 fine for failing to meet financial assurance requirements of federal and state hazardous waste laws. A February complaint from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that Yale violated requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) by failing to submit updated financial information for 2003 and 2004.

The action is part of a new EPA federal initiative that aims to ensure that institutions handling hazardous waste have funds available to properly clean up areas where the wastes have been treated, stored or disposed of.

In other EPA enforcement news, the Maine College of Art in Portland agreed in January to pay $60,000 to settle EPA claims that it violated state laws by failing to determine if wastes were hazardous.

Also, in EPA’s Region 3, Howard University in Washington, D.C., paid a $59,589 penalty and settled alleged violations of federal laws to prevent fuel leaks from five underground storage tanks.

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Lamp and Electronics Recycler Happy About New Investor

GreenShift Corp. announced that it agreed to acquire a 30% stake in Air Cycle Corp., a privately held lamp, ballast, battery and electronics waste recycling company.

"Air Cycle has built an impressive blue-chip following for it's existing Bulb Eater consumer product line," added Kevin Kreisler, GreenShift's chairman and chief executive officer . "We take this as proof positive that the concept of distributed waste reduction and recycling is not just viable but is capable of thriving with the right backing. We intend to provide Air Cycle with this backing as we help them grow through acquisitions, increase sales, and technology development."

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Air Cycle Distributor Esquire Environmental Services, Inc. - Partner of the Years

Esquire Environmental Services has been awarded the Partner of the Year in recognition of the firm's outstanding commitment to promoting pollution prevention and Businesses for the Bay to DC, MD, PA, and VA companies. Esquire Environmental Services, Inc. is a female-owned, small business located in Fairfax, Virginia that provides environmental consulting services to commercial, institutional, local, state and federal government entities and has given support to the pollution prevention program of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Businesses for the Bay.

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Transwestern Commercial Services Commits to Recycle Fluorescent Lamps and Electronic Waste through Air Cycle Distributor Esquire Environmental.

Transwestern Commercial Services is one of the region's largest property management firms with over 13 million square feet of office space in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Transwestern has voluntarily committed to recycle its mercury-containing lamps, ballasts and batteries as an opportunity to do its part to protect the environment. Transwestern's goal of 100% lamp recycling in its Mid-Atlantic Region has the potential to prevent between 175,000 and 220,000 fluorescent lamps from reaching local landfills each year.

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The Trammell-Crow Company Commits to Recycle Fluorescent Lamps through Air Cycle Distributor Esquire Environmental.

Trammell-Crow is the top owner of commercial office space in the Northern Virginia, DC, Maryland metropolitan area, managing 270 properties and over 22 million square feet. Nationwide, Trammell-Crow manages nearly 400 million square feet. In the DC area alone, that means over 2 million lamps in use. Trammell-Crow will be collecting all of its spent bulbs at these facilities through a contract with Esquire Environmental Services, Inc., based in Fairfax, and AERC Recycling Solutions in Ashland. Trammell-Crow will use a combination of drum-top crushers, "recycle-by-mail", and lamp pick-up.

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Stringent Lamp Disposal Law in New York State (State Law)

As of July 12, 2005, the State of New York now prohibits all mercury-containing lamps from being discarded. No exemptions are allowed except for households and small businesses with less than 100 employees and with less than 15 lamps per month. The new law primarily affects generators of low-mercury or "green end cap" lamps. These lamps are not mercury free and must be recycled or managed by an authorized facility in accordance with the Mercury-Added Consumer Products Law. All businesses and households are strongly encouraged to recycle their mercury-containing lamps.

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New and Improved Bulb Eater®

(Broadview, IL) The "Premium" Bulb Eater® system not only crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material, but also captures over 99.99% of the vapors released! The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1350 4’ fluorescent lamps. A three-stage filtering process removes hazardous particulates and gases. A recent study showed non-detectable levels of escaped mercury vapor even after crushing 1500 lamps. A new safety control panel has also been added, giving the operator added security by monitoring seven aspects of the machine to better ensure operator safety. In addition to providing EPA and OSHA compliance, the Bulb Eater® frees up valuable storage space normally filled with boxes of spent whole lamps, reduces handling and related labor costs, and typically cuts recycling costs.

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Illinois wheel component maker fined for PCB violations

June 30, Gunite Corp. has agreed to pay a $69,510 fine and complete an environmental project costing at least $48,300 to settle a federal complaint regarding violations of polychlorinated biphenyl regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited the company for failing to keep records on the inspection and maintenance history for six PCB transformers and for not registering its transformers with the agency. Gunite will dispose of the four PCB transformers that remain on its Rockford, Ill., site, as well as residual oil or liquid. Gunite manufactures wheel-end components for the trucking industry.

In 1979, Congress banned the use of PCBs, which had been used in coolants and lubricants.

Harford County Government Recycles Fluorescent Light Tubes

Harford County has initiated a program to recycle all of the burned-out fluorescent light tubes collected from county buildings. Fluorescent tubes contain a tiny ball of mercury, about 40 milligrams, that turns into a vapor during use. The recycling program will keep this highly toxic element out of the environment by using a special recycling device called a Bulb Eater.

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Lightening the Load

As most university maintenance personnel and electricians already know, nearly all lamps are considered hazardous waste and spent bulbs can no longer be tossed into dumpsters. Due to the mercury content in fluorescent, mercury vapor and other lamps and lamp fragments, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends recycling of lamps and lamp components as the proper method of disposal.

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Manhattan College Lamp Disposal Fine 

Press Release detailing recent fine handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency for improper lamp disposal. Another indication by the EPA that mercury and lamp disposal is an important issue.

Building Services Management Article on Lamp Recycling

Article on lamp recycling is published in August issue featuring the Bulb Eater®. Air Cycle officer and valued customer quoted in article.

Maintenance Solutions magazine Article on Lamp Recycling

In depth article discusses fluorescent bulb recycling, Universal Waste Rule, and lamp crushing.

Air Cycle launches Pre-Paid Recycling Program

In an effort to assist smaller facilities throughout the United States comply with new stringent regulations, Air Cycle introduces the Pre-Paid Recycling Program to help facilities recycle small quantities of lamps, ballasts, and batteries.

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Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)

Air Cycle wins research and development award from the United States Navy to develop a lamp crushing system for all Navy vessels. This lamp crushing system would be designed to help them package the bulbs prior to recycling them.


Air Cycle Corporation announces new business relationship with Envirolite. Headquartered in Perth, Scotland, Envirolite has launched a new lamp recycling service throughout the United Kingdom utilizing Air Cycle lamp crushing equipment as an integral component of their fluorescent bulb recycling process.

MRT System AB

Air Cycle grants distributor rights for Asia and Australia to lamp recycling pioneer MRT System AB of Sweden. Air Cycle is very excited to enter into this relationship because of the great reputation MRT has earned around the world. With hundreds of lamp recycling/processing systems worldwide, MRT's interest in Air Cycle products is a true testament to the quality products Air Cycle develops. MRT will work with their many lamp-recycling company clients throughout the world to introduce our Bulb Eater® lamp crushing systems. From China to the United States there are facilities everywhere that need equipment to help package their spent bulbs more efficiently.


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