University of New Mexico Leads in Environmental Stewardship
Air Cycle Corporation

Project Description
The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a nationally recognised leader in higher education sustainable practices to ensure a positive impact on the environment.  As part of this commitment, UNM had looked for a safe and economical way to handle fluorescent lamp waste.  

Managing proper handling and disposal of intact lamps require a large amount of time and storage.  Additionally, lamps are made of glass which presents potential breakage during handling and storage.  
"UNM needs a safe and economical way to dispose of fluorescent lamps that requires less time, labor, storage space, and reduces cost for proper disposal."              
Scott George, Supervisor (UNM Recycling) 
A few different solutions exist for proper disposal of lamp waste depending on the size of the college/facility.  Facilities over 200,000 sq.ft. highly benefit from using a drum-top lamp crushing system such as the Bulb Eater 3 (BE3).
UNM was able to take ownership of universal waste issues with respect to mercury-containing lamps, as well as play a significant role in responsible waste disposal through the use of AIr Cycle's BE3 lamp crushing machine.
"We would recommend that any facility handling fluorescent bulbs consider the many advantages that the BE3 can provide including convenience, time and labor savings, and especially the environmental aspects of keeping mercury out of the local landfill.  We save thousands of dollars per year using Air Cycle's sustainable services and technology"  
Scott George, Supervisor (UNM Recycling)

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Need to recycle lots of lamps and other wastes? Try the Bulb Eater® 3 or Schedule a Bulk Waste Pick-up!

Bulb Eater® 3 - Fluorescent Lamp Crushing System

Bulb Eater® 3 with Intelli Technology® is the most efficient way to recycle large quantities of fluorescent lamps, saving up to 20 hours of labor per 1,000 lamps and 80% in storage space. The single model is capable of crushing straight linear lamps of any length, u-tubes, and CFLs!          

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Schedule a Bulk Pickup when the drum is full to transport and recycle the crushed lamps. Bulk Pickups can also provide a cost effective solution for large amounts of intact or crushed lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronics waste!             

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EnviroPure - Food Waste Diversion System

The EnviroPure organic, self-contained, continual feed system is designed to transform food waste into a greywater effluent that can be safely disposed of into existing municipal water systems. 

EnviroPure handles virtually any type of food waste including vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, bones, shells and pits, with complete decomposition typically occurring within 24 hours!

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Facts for FAQs

Q.  How do lamps get recycled?

A.  Whether through a bulk pickup service, pre-paid mail in containers (UN certified for transit), or drums of crushed lamps using a drum top lamp crushing machine.  The waste will arrive at a certified recycling facility where lamps are removed from their containers and fed into a specialized machine for recycling lamps.

The entire process is fully automatic and incorporated in a container in which the air is brought to sub-pressure, thereby preventing mercury from being released into the environment.  The phosphor powder is separated in different steps from the glass and metal by-products. Clean glass and aluminum end-caps are separated and stored for re-use.  The mercury bearing powder is collected in distiller barrels beneath the cyclone and the self-cleansing dust filters.  The powder is then retorted to drive out the mercury. 

At the end of the process the glass, metal end-caps, powder, and mercury can all be re-used.  Once the materials have been fully processed by the recycling facility, an official certificate of recycling will be produced for your record keeping.  

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