Air Cycle E-Newsletter

Air Cycle January 2006 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 Offers Electronics Recycling

Air Cycle offers recycling services for your used computer equipment. We offer a program that is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and customer driven.

Our paperwork trail follows your material from the time of pickup through its recycling and final destruction. A signed copy of the Certificate of Recycling is then returned with our invoice to provide a clear record of proper recycling and disposal of your materials.

Why recycle?

As computer technology evolves, equipment is retired at an alarming rate. The EPA has estimated that by 2004 more than 315 million computers will become obsolete throughout the United States. It has been estimated that over three quarters of all computer equipment ever purchased in the US is now being stored in office closets, basements, garages, and storage units throughout the country. Discarding old electronic equipment in landfills or incineration not only wastes valuable resources but also releases potentially hazardous materials into the environment via leachate and toxic air emissions.

Furthermore, you could be subject to violations for the improper disposal of your old equipment or for illegal dumping. This could result in legal litigation and costly clean-up responsibilities. Your corporate image also could suffer by being reported as environmentally irresponsible. Beyond that, proper recycling helps eliminate the risk of proprietary information being released inappropriately.

What can be recycled?

Monitors and Cathode Ray Tubes, desktop computers, keyboards, mice, laptop computers, mainframe computer systems, modems, telephone boards, hard drives, floppy drives, CD ROMs, phones, faxes, printers, computer boards, CPUs, memory chips, circuit boards, connecting wires, and cables.

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Why Is Mercury Bad?

Mercury is a persistent, bio-accumulative toxin that has increased at least three fold in the atmosphere and ocean over the past century, posing a risk to human health, wildlife and the ecological balance. The Food and Drug Administration and 41 states warn consumers to limit or not eat certain fish due to mercury levels and ten states advise pregnant women and children to limit consumption of canned tuna, the most consumed fish in the US. A potent neurotoxin, mercury exposures can affect the brain, kidneys and liver, and cause developmental problems. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that 1-in-12 women of childbearing age have unsafe mercury levels, translating into over 300,000 children born each year in the US at risk of exposure to mercury.

It has been noted in China that autism was virtually non-existent before 1999. In that year the major pharmaceutical companies began shipping immunization drugs to this country. In 2005 there are now nearly 10,000,000 autism cases reported. It has been found that immunizations contain a mercury compound that may be a cause of autism.

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Environmental Impact of Efficient Lighting

Saving lighting energy means more than just a reduction in your building's operating costs. It also means reducing your impact on the planet. Here are some of the ways lighting improvements reduce the load on the environment.

Cradle to Cradle:

What is the environmental impact of your lighting choices? Do your manufacturer choices make environmentally responsible choices when manufacturing and shipping? What are the pollution costs of shipping your luminaires, lamps and ballasts-do they come from 250 miles away or 12,000? Fuel and air pollution costs for shipping half a world away can be enormous. T5HO systems use much less material and weigh less, reducing shipping impacts, and the future impact on landfills.

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After February 8th, 2006 all fluorescent lamps within the State of California must be recycled.

California EPA

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.

Air Cycle is proud to help facilities in California properly dispose of their lighting waste and look forward to assisting you with your recycling efforts. Air Cycle Corporation is a national provider of recycling services. We offer recycling services for lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronics of all quantities.

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Learn more about our EasyPak™ lamp recycling program.

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