Air Cycle E-Newsletter

Air Cycle September 2005 E-Newsletter

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

Nationwide Recycling Program

Nationwide Recycling Air Cycle Corporation offers recycling services and transportation throughout all of North America to assist facilities in properly disposing lamps, ballasts, batteries, and computer hardware.

The lamps are processed at permitted facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Equipment, such as the MRT Compact Crush and Separation Plant, is used for the recycling of all types and sizes of discarded fluorescent lamps (intact or crushed). These systems separate the lamps into lime soda glass, aluminum end caps, lead glass/ferro metal components and phosphor powder. The phosphor powder is then retorted to capture the mercury.

Air Cycle also offers a ballast-recycling program. PCB, non-PCB, and DEHP lighting ballast can all be recycled. Metal components from the ballast, such as copper and steel, are collected for recovery and reuse. The PCB-containing capacitors and any PCB-contaminated potting material are thermally destroyed at a permitted facility.

Batteries and electronic waste can also be recycled. All processing is completed under Environmental Protection Agency operating guidelines and a certificate of recycling is provided. The computer hardware (also known as “e-waste”) is disassembled to recover components such as lead, mercury, copper, gold, silver, and platinum.

Fill out our Recycling Pickup form today to request a quote or schedule a pickup »

Stringent Lamp Disposal Law in New York State

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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Big savings - Great lighting!

By Eric Strandberg LC

Image AfterA few months ago, Stephanie Seyk. Snohomish County Facilities Project Lead and Scott Gibson of PUD Energy Services, approached the LDL to help with a retrofit for their South County Local Office in Lynnwood, WA. They wanted to accomplish three things with the retrofit; lower the lighting loads in the facility, improve the lighting quality, and, related to the first two, demonstrate to their customers the good energy efficient lighting practices that they promote.

The bulk of the existing lighting for their open and closed offices was rather typical for a building of that period (1967); 112 prismatic, lensed, 2'x4' troffer fixtures (4 T-12 lamps with 2 magnetic ballasts in each). This resulted in overlighted work areas (60 to 100 footcandles) and a power density of over 5 W/ft2.

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Use The RIGHT Lamp!

By Michael Lane LC

A common lighting misconception is that if a lamp (aka 'lightbulb') will fit in a socket, it will work properly. We get a steady stream of calls from building operators who have discovered how dangerous that assumption can be.

In order for a lamp to work as designed, three things need to be in place. First, the base of the lamp must fit the socket. Next, sockets for discharge lamps (i.e., fluorescent, high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, metal halide, and low pressure sodium) must connect to a ballast. Last, the ballast must be of the correct type to run that particular lamp.

This is so basic that it seems that it does not need discussion. But we frequently help people who have big problems caused by overlooking the above three rules.

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