Bulb Eater®

Before dealing with Air Cycle Corporation we had a huge burden with the amount of used fluorescent lamps being stored in unsafe boxes. We had to schedule time and money by boxing used lamps. Other issues included storage and scheduling to have our used waste picked up from various recyclers who wanted a lot of money for recycling. We had to schedule the pickups ourselves, no tracking was available, and we were not able to obtain verification where our lamp waste was ending up.

Dealing with Air Cycle Corporation has saved us valuable time, money, and space. Air Cycle is easy to work with, opened minded to our needs, and provided different solutions unique to the property for environmental solutions and improvements within our Capex (Capital Expenditure Program). We no longer have to waste time boxing, storing, or scheduling for waste pickups. One call is made to Air Cycle, who in-turn provides us with scheduling, certificates of recycling to a properly permitted recycler, tracking, and ease of mind knowing our hazardous waste is being recycled correctly.

We purchased the Bulb Eater® 3 from Air Cycle Corporation to crush our used lamps into a 55 gallon drum. Our expectations were definitely exceeded due to the quality of the construction, durability, and overall operation. The ease of transition from one drum to another when the drum is full of crushed lamps is especially beneficial. The Bulb Eater® 3 is viewed as a valued product, is accepted property-wide, and allows for many different types of fluorescent lamps to be crushed inside the sealed unit. This technology created a smaller environmental footprint at our property, and the cost of recycling a drum of crushed lamps is far less in comparison to individual boxes. It drastically reduces the amount of containers required to store used lamps. This unit ensures a safe work area and safety for the employees.

The machine is well received by all on our property. It’s easy to use, hassle-free, with no issues, and gives our property a great opportunity for environmental improvements.

Robert Lang, Director of Engineering, Renaissance

As a former EPA employee, I served as the project leader for the “EPA Region 3 Drum-top Crushing Study” that assessed the operational effectiveness and safety of this practice. When operated properly, we concluded that drum-top crushing devices facilitated lamp recycling and were effective in controlling mercury emissions. The study did, however, identify various issues for manufacturers and operators to consider to ensure safe and proper use. Air Cycle Corporation’s newest drum-top crushing device, the Bulb Eater® 3, represents a significant advancement for the practice of recycling and managing spent lamps. Additional features include diagnostic controls with an LCD monitor, additional filter stages, elimination of casual connections, quicker filter and drum changes, and an online Certified Training Program. These upgrades directly address the issues and concerns that were identified in the EPA Region 3 crushing study. Simply put, the new machine is designed to facilitate proper and safe use by the operator. The newBulbeater®3 with these upgraded features is an effective and safe technology that will hopefully encourage expanded recycling of mercury-containing lamps.

Tad Radzinski, President, Sustainable Solutions Corporation
Bulb Eater 3 Review by Project Leader for "EPA Region 3 Drum-top Crushing Study"

The Adams County Solid Waste Management District Purchased a Bulb Eater 3 in March of 2014 and put it into service the latter part of the month. A minor problem with the diagnostics screen was quickly rectified. I have personally processed at least two drums of linear and u-shaped bulbs, and approximately 300 CFLs through the new machine. Other District employees have processed several additional drums. All of us are very impressed with the new machine. It has several advantages over the older model we have operated for many years. The most important improvement and major reason for the purchase is the fact that it will process CFLs which were beginning to be a real problem and expense for the District. That problem is solved. The second major improvement is that all sizes of linear bulbs can now be processed through one tube. This saves a great deal of time. Another improvement is the filtering system which requires fewer changes of filters and the elimination of the bag filter. This machine is a significant improvement over the older model and I highly recommend it.

Henry R. Mayer, Director, ACSWMD

The machine works very well without any problems. The company is easy to work with, and we don’t have to worry about any breakage.

Gary Yarrow, South Dakota State University

The Bulb Eater is very easy to use and saves me a lot of time because I don’t have to pack the bulbs up and take them to a landfill which I don’t like to do. The Company is very prompt to pick-up within a few days of calling. Whenever I call Air Cycle, they are very prompt with information or service such as when I had to order an adapter for CFL lights, and it was here in a very short time.

Dave Rothernmal, City of Wyandotte

The Bulb Eater works excellent, and does a great job, and there’s no problem with dust. It saves us a lot of time because we don’t have to pack the bulbs up, and the paperwork is done to meet HazMat requirements. Because of our limited space for storage, our space is freed up after crushing.

Ronnie Baldwin, Spellman College

The Los Alamos National Laboratory this month expanded the use of a fluorescent bulb-crushing machine to handle waste bulbs lab-wide. It's a move that could save tens of thousands of dollars in waste disposal fees and will prevent mercury from escaping into the environment. The device is called a Bulb Eater®...

Bulb Eater® Saves Thousands for Los Alamos Lab

...the Bulb Eater® reduces storage needs, minimizes handling of light bulbs, and creates a safer, cleaner work environment...

City of Auburn Goes Green with the Bulb Eater

This OSHA and EPA-compliant machine crushes more than 1,000 fluorescent lamps (amount depends on size of lamps) and packs them into a 55-gallon drum. The process is fully enclosed and filtered, so that the glass, aluminum, and harmful vapors are contained...

Fluorescent Lamp Disposal: It Can Be Affordable and Easy

The Bulb Eater® is helping helping the Lake Washington School District in Redmond, WA "go green" while saving them $2500 a year...

News Coverage of the Bulb Eater® from Seattle's KING5 Station


We recycle about 100 bulbs a year, and we use the carton method. The Company is great to work with, and I would recommend them to anyone needing to recycle bulbs.

Charles Curtis, LTD Parts

We absolutely love recycling with the Air Cycle Corporation. For linear fluorescent bulbs, we use the VaporShield box, and the CFL Box for the small bulbs. We love this process, and it saves us so much time. Air Cycle was recommended by Coke Industry, and I recommend this process at all my Association meetings.

Gary Fink, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD.

The social mandate to Go Green may seem like one more headache for office managers responsible for creating and policing recycling programs for hazardous and other waste.

EasyPak Saves Chumash Casino Resort Time and Money

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

EasyPak Featured on EnvironmentalLeader.com

Looks like tea isn’t the only thing that’s green. As part of its commitment to recycle its fluorescent bulbs, national tea retailer Teavana has chosen to partner with Air Cycle Corp. By utilizing Air Cycle’s EasyPak prepaid recycling containers, each of Teavana’s stores now has an easy way to properly dispose of its fluorescents, insuring that no harm comes to the environment from mercury leakage into landfills.

Teavana Chooses Air Cycle’s EasyPak for 100 Stores

Air Cycle Corporation, a firm that has pioneered unique pre-paid services, such as the EasyPak ™ Recycling Program and the Bulb Eater® for large firms that prefer crushing and recycling fluorescent lamps on site, announced that it has been chosen by more than 500 Marriott–branded hotels to provide an environmentally safe process for disposing of fluorescent lamps.

Over 500 Marriott Hotels Use EasyPak Recycling Containers

Bulk Pickup Recycling Services

Air Cycle is doing a great job. In fact, they just picked up a year’s worth of bulbs yesterday. I’m very satisfied with the company.

Nick Baltusevich, Illinois Departament of Agriculture

I am very pleased with their prompt and courteous service. When I fax or call the company, they are right here for a pick-up. Their rep is most helpful whenever he is needed.

Debbie Nichols, Seminole Public Schools

I don’t operate the machine but I call for the pick-ups. The company is easy to work with, very reliable and on-time. I haven’t heard of any problems with the Bulb Eater so I’m sure they haven’t had any.

Brenda Williams, Filtex North

The Bulb Eater does everything we need it to do, and it works excellent. We’ve had no problems at all. The Company promptly picks up the barrels whenever we call. Since this is the only Bulb Eater in the school district, it helps us to save time and space.

Bruce Bock, Sterling CUSD #5

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