Air Cycle E-Newsletter

Air Cycle May 2008 E-Newsletter

Continuing our efforts to better communicate new products, services, industry news, and regulatory updates, Air Cycle provides the following e-newsletter:

Recycling Options Lag the Compact Fluorescent Push

Associated Press

CFL Recycling It's a message being drummed into the heads of homeowners everywhere: Swap out those incandescent lights with longer-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs and cut your electric use.

Governments, utilities, environmentalists and, of course, retailers everywhere are spreading the word.

Few, however, are volunteering to collect the mercury-laced bulbs for recycling — despite what public officials and others say is a potential health hazard if the hundreds of millions of them being sold are tossed in the trash and end up in landfills and incinerators.

See What Others are Doing »

Make Lighting Upgrades Match the Paybacks

Building Operating Manangement

Efficient lighting can save money, but not all upgrades deliver on their promises. Simple steps can avoid disappointment

Amidst all the buzz about new energy-efficient lighting technologies and how much money they save, a fair amount of grumbling may still be heard. Many facility executives who have done lighting upgrades are looking eagerly at their energy and maintenance bills and are surprised (and frustrated) they haven’t realized the savings they were expecting. Some have been so dissatisfied that they are putting off more lighting upgrades until they feel certain such efforts will bear financial fruit.

To avoid disappointment, start by determining just how much is being spent on existing lighting — in energy, labor, and materials. Use that baseline to measure the savings — or extra costs — that actually occur, instead of just wondering if one is canceling the other.

Discover money-saving options »

Rechargeable Batteries: Focus on Recycling

Maintenance Solutions

Battery RecyclingWhen specifying power and hand tools, managers have an endless number of options from which to choose. Battery-powered tools and other technology advances have provided managers with efficient solutions for an array of jobs. But with innovation comes responsibility..

More than a decade ago, organizations began working to ensure recycling rechargeable batteries would become a more streamlined practice. Managers typically specify cordless tools using three types of rechargeable batteries — nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), and lithium ion (Li-ion) — all of which are harmful to the environment without proper disposal.

More on Battery Regulations»

Study Says Mercury Releases Down, But Significant

Environmental Protection

A recent study shows that mercury releases from products in the United States declined dramatically between 1990 and 2005 but that they continue to be a significant source of environmental contamination.

Mercury DropletMercury released from products contributes nearly one-third of total mercury emissions to the air inthe United States. A number of highly-used products release mercury throughout their lifecycles, often in ways that are difficult to measure directly. Therefore, there are considerable uncertainties about the magnitude of mercury release into the environment that is associated with these products.

More Study Details »


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