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Battery Recycling 101

Corroded batteries show how volatile alkaline material can be, especially after a battery ‘dies’

In today’s world, everything runs on batteries. They’re in things we use every day. Inevitably though, they run out of power and the age-old question comes up – what do you do with your spent batteries? In the past they ended up in a junk drawer, an old coffee can in the garage, or even in the trash. But, you can recycle batteries with a few extra precautions? Here are four tips to safely handle and recycle your “dead” batteries:

  • Individually bag or tape the battery terminals– Just because a battery stops powering your device doesn’t mean it’s dead. The battery only seems dead because it no longer has the voltage needed to power the item. In fact, there is still voltage left and therefore it requires a little TLC in the recycling process. By applying adhesive tape to the battery terminals or individually bagging each cell, you stop the chance of the remaining voltage in the battery making a connection and causing a safety hazard.
  • Store batteries in a cool, dry place – Batteries and inclement weather don’t mix. Always store used batteries in a plastic container like the EasyPak™ Battery Recycling Container from TerraCycle Regulated Waste that will keep them cool and dry. Batteries left exposed to extreme heat for long periods of time can deform, leak or even explode.
  • Used batteries don’t keep – All good things come to an end and generally don’t get any better with age. The same applies to used batteries. Professional recyclers like TerraCycle Regulated Waste suggest that used batteries should be recycled within one to six months of expiring. Beyond that, corrosion becomes a risk factor.

My battery has sprung a leak! Now what? – In the case of damaged or leaking batteries, never mix them with their uncompromised counterparts. This can cause all the batteries to be become contaminated and hazardous. Simply secure them in an individual bag appropriate for their size and weight, label it “leaking batteries” and store them in your recycling receptacle with the other spent batteries until you recycle the batch.

“Batteries are so common it’s easy to forget that they’re full of chemicals that could potentially be harmful to the environment if allowed to enter our landfills,” said Gary Casola, technical sales specialist at TerraCycle Regulated Waste. “With our EasyPak Canister, we’ve taken the workout of the battery recycling process. Our canister is a UN certified insulated container, which includes tape for the terminals, as well as a pre-paid shipping label used to return the canister when its full. At TerraCycle Regulated Waste we pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment and providing our customers with efficient, cost effective solutions to the irregulated waste streams.” 

For more information about TerraCycle Regulated Waste or to speak with a representative about the EasyPak® battery recycling options, visit www.terracycle.com


Sharps Container Basics

Medical waste (sharps) disposal requires a puncture resistant container.

by Sarah Morrison

TerraCycle Regulated Waste has started working with many different end users that include patients that self inject at home, healthcare facilities, nursing facilities and more. It is very important to make sure that sharps are properly secured in a OSHA approved sharps container to avoid needle sticks.

For many individuals, interaction with sharps is an everyday occurrence. Sharps are classified as any device or object used to puncture or lacerate the skin. These include common items such as: hypodermic needles, disposable scalpels and blades, and contaminated glass and some plastics. (1) Once used in this manner, a sharp is now labeled as bio-hazardous waste, and must be disposed of properly in a sharps container. In this blog, we are going to discuss the following:

What are Sharps Containers?

Why are Sharps Containers needed?

Where do you find Sharps Containers?

What are Sharps Containers?

The FDA has cleared certain types of containers for certified sharps container disposal. These plastic containers must be “leak-resistant, remain upright during use, and have a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid”. (2) The reasoning behind this heavy amount of regulation is the fact that used sharps are considered to be bio-hazardous waste. Sharps containers can be either single-use, disposed of along with the sharp inside, or recyclable, which are emptied and sterilized before being returned for use. (1)

Why are Sharps Containers needed?

According to the WHO, more than sixteen billion injections are administered annually worldwide. (3) Individuals with medical conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting disorders, and psoriasis, require the use of sharps often multiple times a day.

Examples of sharps include:

  • Needle – a very fine, slender, hollow piece of metal used to inject medication under the skin.
  • Syringe – device which a needle is attached to in order to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
  • Lancet also called a “finger stick” – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
  • Auto injector, including epinephrine pens – syringe pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body.
  • Infusion set – tubing system with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
  • Connection needle/set – needle that connects to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis. (4)

Sharps container disposal is necessary in order for that bio-hazardous material to be safely handled. It’s important that disposed sharps not be forced into the container, so that the sides aren’t punctured and needle stick injury occur. Sharps containers should never be filled past the indicated line, typically two-thirds of the way, in order to prevent these incidents.

Where do you find Sharps Containers?

Any facility such as healthcare, dental, and medical offices that handle sharps, are required to house FDA-certified sharps containers. In addition to medical facilities, many public areas such as airports and restrooms in large institutions also offer sharps containers in order to accommodate the self-injectors. Sharps disposal is heavily regulated, requiring containers to display a bio-hazardous symbol indicating that the material inside is hazardous. Each state regulates the disposal of sharps differently. Click HERE to determine your state’s standards for sharps disposal.

It’s important to minimize the amount of contact that an individual has with bio-hazardous material such as sharps waste. For that reason, programs such as sharps mail-back systems exist to take away the issue of finding a reputable disposal location. TerraCycle Regulated Waste can proactively provide sharps mail-back systems to patients that self-inject. Any healthcare facility or self injector can find solutions for sharps Mail-Back waste HERE.

The number of sharps produced annually is steadily growing. Sharps containers are necessary in ensuring that the disposal of that bio-hazardous waste is done safely and efficiently.

Sources

(1) “Sharps Waste.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 14 Sept. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharps_waste.

(2) “FDA-Cleared Sharps Containers.” Safe Needle Disposal, safeneedledisposal.org/sharps-management/fda-cleared-sharps-containers/.

(3) WHO Archived 2006-05-25 at the Wayback Machine. World Health Organization (2004). Proposed agenda to evaluate the risks and benefits associated with using needle-removing devices. Switzerland.

(4) Safe Needle Disposal. (2018). What Are Sharps? – Safe Needle Disposal – Types of Sharps. [online] Available at: https://safeneedledisposal.org/sharps-management/what-are-sharps/ [Accessed 16 Oct. 2018].

Topics: sharps mail backsharps container disposalvet sharps disposal

AuthoradminPosted onOctober 22, 2018CategoriesMedical WasteTagsmedical wastemedical waste recyclingmedwastesharpssharps containersharps disposalsharps recycling

Certificate of Recycling

What is a Certificate of Recycling and why do you need one?

What is it and why do you need one?

In simple terms, a certificate of recycling documents the amount and type of waste that is recycled by an organization and is proof that your company is compliant with the standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While valuable, the benefit to your company doesn’t stop with government compliance. Below are three hidden advantages that make a certificate of recycling an indispensable asset to your company:

Example Certificate

Provides Proof of Compliance with Government Requirements

The EPA recommends that to demonstrate compliance with government regulations, processors and handlers provide a certificate of recycling that includes key information such as materials recycled, amount and date of processing. This documentation ensures that your company is prepared in the event of inspections.

Supports Corporate Stewardship

As companies are becoming more environmentally aware, many are adopting a policy of corporate stewardship that addresses the interdependent nature of their relationship with the communities where they live and work. By securing a certificate of recycling you are demonstrating your commitment to the community, preserving the environment, as well as showcasing your corporate values.

Your Sustainable Business Practices Can Help Your Bottom-Line

Good business practices don’t stop with profitability and customer service. The Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report shows that globally, 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable brand, with 58% specifically citing companies that are environmentally friendly. Put another way, a certificate of recycling from a well-respected waste organization not only demonstrates your compliance with the government, but also with your customers.

“TerraCycle Regulated Waste specializes in providing sustainable solutions for mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, battery, ballast and electronic waste disposal,” said Bobby Farris, General Manager of TerraCycle Regulated Waste. “It has always been our policy to provide a certificate of recycling that details everything a customer would need to show compliance, not only with the government but also with their customers.”

For more information about TerraCycle Regulated Waste or to speak with a representative about the innovative BulbEater®, visit the TerraCycle Regulated Waste website.

AuthoradminPosted onOctober 10, 2018CategoriesBulk PickupEasyPak ContainersTagsbulb crusherBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Recyclingfluorescentfluorescent bulb recyclingrecyclerecycle CFLsrecycle in bulkrecycling fluorescent lamps

LED Incentive Programs

LED retrofit programs can be expensive, but the savings substantial. An incentive program can help cover the initial cost.

LED Retrofit Lighting Tube

The benefits of making the switch to LED lighting from fluorescent are many.  Obviously, LED’s offer much higher efficiency than their fluorescent counterparts.  The ability to give off comparable levels of light (measured in lumins) at much lower wattage means substantial savings in utility costs.  Also, LED’s last much longer than typical mercury-containing lamps, meaning far less maintenance for facility management.  Plus LED lighting offers a number of unique features that add to their value.  They can provide a broader spectrum of visible light which enhances the work environment and can positively impact fatigue and concentration.  Many LED systems offer dimmable controls and other flexible options to further customize the lighting provided. 

But an LED retrofit can be an expensive undertaking.  Mathematically, LED lighting pays for itself quickly.  Between the lower operating cost and the longer practical lifespan of the lamps, a facility can quickly reap the benefits of the change.  Many organizations have made the change knowing that they would make up the investment in lower utility cost, but for some organizations the initial investment can be prohibitive.  They recognize that the benefits are many, but for a variety of reasons cannot commit to the up-front expense of a retrofit project.

Fortunately, there are a growing number of incentive programs for facilities that are considering a switch to high-efficiency LED.  Any reputable electrical contractor should be able to work with a facility to find the most appropriate incentives for a retrofit project.  From utility companies to lighting manufacturers, there are grants, low-interest loans, rate discounts and funding opportunities.  Whether the help comes from your electrical supplier or local government, it is an effective way to defray start-up costs on a major project.

Contact your energy provider and local government for more information on conservation programs in your area.  Your electrical contractor or lighting supplier can provide the details on manufacturer incentive programs.

And don’t forget to properly dispose of any mercury-containing lamps you are uninstalling.  TerraCycle Regulated Waste offers the best options available for the proper recycling of mercury-containing lamps of all sizes and quantities. 

AuthoradminPosted onOctober 8, 2018CategoriesUncategorizedTagselectricalfluorescentfluorescent lightingLEDLED retrofitlightinglighting retrofitretrofitSave money on LED retrofitsutilitiesutility

You’re Doing That Wrong

State regulations on sharps disposal vary, but a mail-back container is a solution accepted in every state.

How to properly dispose of your personal needles and sharps

As the number of medications that must be injected by patients grows, so does the number of reported accidental needle ‘sticks’ for municipal solid waste collectors and workers.  With diseases like HIV and Hepatitis potentially transmitted by dirty needles, in addition to other possible illnesses, MSW departments are concerned for the health of their employees, and rightly so.

Improvised sharps storage

But there is no good reason why the health and safety of these workers need be put in jeopardy when accidental sticks are easily preventable.  Virtually every municipality and state in the country requires that used medical needles and sharps be disposed of in puncture-proof containers.  And while some locations will allow for improvised solutions, such as empty laundry detergent bottles, most do require purpose-specific sharps containers.

Needle clipping system

The dangers of accidental sticks are so great that several states have gone so far as to completely ban disposal of used sharps and needle in the household waste, even if properly contained in a purpose-specific sharps container.  A number of states require disinfecting any sharps before disposal in the household trash.  Some locations require all needles and sharps be destroyed before disposal.  This can be with the use of an at-home needle clipper or plaster of Paris.  

MAIL-BACK PROGRAMS ARE A SOLUTION

Mail-back sharps system

TerraCycle can provide an easy, safe solution for sharps disposal.  We feature puncture-resistant sharps containers in a wide array of sizes– from household sized containers, perfect for the person needing to inject once a month all the way to institutionally-sized containers for small medical offices or tattoo/piercing parlors.  And every sharps container we offer comes with prepaid postage and shipping containers, so that disposal is handled safely, professionally and properly.

Our mail-back medwaste disposal meets or exceeds sharps disposal requirements in every state, including California, Massachusetts and Oregon.  And unlike most medwaste processors, TerraCycle utilizes hemostat technology to decontaminate the sharps and needles, then recovers the recyclable metals, limiting the impact on the environment.

TerraCycle has compiled a list of state regulations on the disposal of sharps and needles for your convenience.  If you have any questions or would like more information on one of our mail-back programs, contact a TerraCycle Regulated Waste representative now.

STATE REGULATIONS

State

Requirements

Sub-sections

Requirements

Alabama

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/ bleach
Double bag, seal, discard in household trash

Alaska

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Arizona

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Arkansas

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/bleach
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag and discard with household trash

California

Disposal of home generated sharps waste PROHIBITED
Commercially available APPROVED sharps container
Transport to collection center (pharmacy, hospital, household hazardous
waste facility) -or-
Mail-back program

Colorado

County laws supersede state requirements
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Mesa County
El Paso County
Larimer County

Refer to local regulations

Connecticut

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container or
Sharps/Needle destruction device
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Delaware

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag
Discard with household trash- not recycling

District of Columbia

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/bleach
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”

Florida

County laws supersede state requirements
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash -or-
Mail-back program

54 counties out of 67
have regulations in
place

Refer to local regulations

Georgia

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Hawaii

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/ bleach
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Idaho

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Illinois

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Personal needle destructive device
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Northern Cook County
LaSalle County
Further regulations

http://www.epa.illinois.gov/Assets/iepa/waste-management/medication-disposal/sharps-fact-sheet.pdf

http://www.knib.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Safe-Disposal-of-Sharps.pdf

Indiana

County laws supersede 

Iowa

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Kansas

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/ bleach
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double Bag
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Kentucky

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Louisiana

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Fill with Plaster of Paris
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Maine

Contact medical provider, community health center
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Strong plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal container and ensure outside is free of visible contamination
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device (free to residents)

Maryland

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Massachusetts

Disposal of home generated sharps waste PROHIBITED
Commercially available sharps container or puncture-resistant container
Transport to collection center (pharmacy, hospital, household hazardous
waste facility) -or-
Mail-back program

Michigan

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Minnesota

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Mississippi

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Missouri

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Montana

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Nebraska

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Nevada

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program

* Washoe County
   Exception

New Hampshire

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

New Jersey

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

New Mexico

County laws supersede 

New York

State law allows disposal of home generated sharps in the regular trash,
however, local laws may prohibit
Hospital and nursing homes are required by law to accept properly
contained sharps:
Commercially available sharps container, puncture resistant plastic or
metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal the container with heavy-duty tape

North Carolina

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling 

North Dakota

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Ohio

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Oklahoma

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling

Oregon

Disposal of home generated sharps waste PROHIBITED
Commercially available APPROVED sharps container
Transport to collection center (pharmacy, hospital, household hazardous
waste facility) -or-
Mail-back program

Pennsylvania

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/bleach
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag and discard with household trash

Rhode Island

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag and discard with household trash

South Carolina

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag and label with state-supplied warning sticker
Discard with household trash

State-supplied warning
stickers available for
free at 800-285-5257

South Dakota

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/bleach
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

Tennessee

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

Texas

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

Utah

Contact medical provider, pharmacy, fire station
for local disposal options -or-
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Discard with household trash- not recycling -or-
Mail back program -or-
Personal sharps needle destruction device

Vermont

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

Virginia

County and Municipal regulations supersede
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

City of Salem
Fairfax County
Prince William County

Washington

County and Municipal regulations supersede
Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

King County

King County prohibits disposal of used sharps in residential trash

West Virginia

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Disinfect at home w/bleach
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Double bag and discard with household trash

Wisconsin

Disposal of home generated sharps waste PROHIBITED
Commercially available sharps container or puncture-resistant container
Transport to collection center (pharmacy, hospital, household hazardous
waste facility) -or-
Mail-back program

Wyoming

Commercially available sharps container or
Puncture-resistant plastic or metal container
  No clear or glass containers
Seal with heavy-duty tape
Label container: “SHARPS” or “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Discard with household trash

 

AuthoradminPosted onSeptember 14, 2018CategoriesMedical WasteTagsCalifornia regulationdiabetic needlemail back containerMassachusetts regulationmedical wastemedical waste recyclingneedle recyclingneedlesOregon regulationself injectorsharpssharps containersharps disposal

5 Ways to Prepare Your Facility for a Hurricane

Facilities have special waste issues that can create a unique set of challenges for management when a storm hits. With some foresight and a few easy steps, the potential for a hazardous waste incident can be averted.

Racing flood waters in Ellicott City, Maryland

The Atlantic hurricane season is upon us and September and October typically mark the most active period of the storm season.  NOAA is predicting a quieter season than usual, given the current meteorological trends, but that doesn’t mean a facility can take things for granted.  Even if the United States manages to make it through the season without landfall of a major hurricane (category 3 or greater), weak hurricanes and tropical storms can cause major problems.

For most facilities, water poses the greatest threat.  In coastal and low-lying areas, cyclonic storms pump a large volume of water that can overwhelm storm drains and water control systems.  In areas that are close to or even below sea-level, water can infiltrate an area in a number of ways.  The storm surge can raise the ocean level by several feet, often pushing sea water over barriers like dunes, jetties and sea walls.  With a gallon of water weighing about 8.35 lbs., even stagnant water puts incredible pressure on doors or windows.  For example, still water that is two feet deep puts almost 35 foot-pounds of constant pressure on a door.  If that water is flowing at about 10 mph, the force on the door multiplies to a devastating 491 foot-pounds of pressure– more than enough to take the door off its hinges.

Of course, inland areas are also susceptible to flooding.  And often the topography of inland regions include hills, mountains and bodies of water that contribute to the devastation that comes with a deluge.  Water gets directed by existing features like rivers, streets, buildings and trees, and builds up great velocity and tremendous force.  One need only look back at the devastation flood waters have caused in places like Ellicott City, MD and Columbia, SC.

So, how does a facility that produces some common hazardous waste prepare for potential flooding?

Hurricane Hugo devastated South Carolina communities 150 miles or more inland

  1. Know where your facility stands.  Contact FEMA and find out if your facility is in or near a known flood zone.  The Army Corps of Engineers works with FEMA to designate flood zones and continually update their determinations based on changes to local waterways and controls.
  2. Elevate your storage.  If your facility is in a location that might be susceptible to flooding, do not store hazardous waste in the basement.  Water will always find its way to the lowest point possible.  If storing hazardous waste on the ground floor, consider utilizing risers, pallets or shelving to elevate the containers.  Lifting cartons of spent fluorescent bulbs even just a few inches above the floor may be enough to let flood waters flow without carrying the waste off.
  3. Compact and compress your waste.  If allowed in your area, consider compacting any and all waste being held on your property.  Bales of corrugated cardboard are far less likely to be swept up by rising waters.  A drum top bulb crusher like the Bulb Eater 3® converts waste bulbs from air-tight, mercury-containing tubes capable of floating away to inert, crushed glass in steel drums—not likely to migrate with water.
  4. Arrange for pick-up.  Obviously, this option isn’t always available, but if at all possible, contact your hazardous waste handler or TerraCycle and schedule an emergency pick-up.  Getting the hazardous waste off your property is the best way to prevent any incidents.
  5. Keep it inside.  If hazardous waste is being held in a temporary structure like a shed, consider moving it to a more robust shelter.  A shipping container or trailer is good, a reinforced building is better.

The forces of nature have made folly of man’s creations on countless occasions.  Wind can pull the roof off a structure and uproot trees.  Flood waters can wash out entire neighborhoods.  But by taking some reasonable precautions, the likelihood of a facility suffering not just the damage brought by a tropical storm or hurricane, but the additional dangers of hazardous waste exposure can be mitigated easily. 

AuthoradminPosted onSeptember 7, 2018CategoriesUncategorizedTagshazard preventionHazardous wastehurricanehurricane preparationshurricane preparednesshurricanes105 Commentson 5 Ways to Prepare Your Facility for a Hurricane

The Terrible Ten

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers 25,081 total current, “significant” hazardous waste violations as of August 28, 2018 across the country. These are the ten states with the most violations registered last week.

A list of the ten U.S. states with the highest number of  significant hazardous waste violations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers 25,081 total current, “significant” hazardous waste violations as of August 28, 2018 across the country.  Significant violations can range from improper temporary storage of hazardous waste, transporting hazardous waste without a permit, illegal dumping/disposal of hazardous waste, to name a few.  Penalties can include jail time and fines in the tens of thousands of dollars.  Violators include businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, government operations and any other non-residential waste generators.

Improper disposal of lamps

The ten states with the greatest number of current, “significant” hazardous waste violations are (totals as of Sept. 28):

  1. Alabama     680
  2. Pennsylvania     685
  3. Kentucky     765
  4. Maryland     872
  5. Louisiana     1607
  6. Texas     1733
  7. Missouri     1804
  8. Washington     2068
  9. Ohio     2244
  10. West Virginia     3308

 

The ten states with the greatest number of total current hazardous waste violations are:

 

  1. Illinois     3235

 

  1. Pennsylvania     3344

 

  1. Ohio     3574

 

  1. New York     3813

 

  1. Louisiana     4165

 

  1. California     4399

 

  1. Washington     4707

 

  1. Missouri     4732

 

  1. Texas     4912

 

  1. West Virginia     5270

 

The EPA defines hazardous waste as a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment.  And though there are many industrial waste products that fall into this category, there are a large number of “everyday” materials that are hazardous, too.  Burned-out fluorescent bulbs, batteries (alkaline and rechargeable), lighting ballasts and thermostats are some of the common items that are also considered hazardous waste.  TerraCycle’s Regulated Waste division offers options for the safe recycling and disposal of fluorescent bulbs, batteries, ballasts, medical sharps to keep businesses of every size EPA-compliant.

 

And in case you were wondering, the Top Ten states with the least number of significant EPA hazardous waste violations this week are:

 

  1. Kansas     81

 

  1. Rhode Island     73

 

  1. Maine     62

 

  1. Florida     60

 

  1. Arizona     59

 

  1. Vermont     53

 

  1. South Dakota     51

 

  1. Nevada      40

 

  1. Minnesota      39

 

  1. Delaware     23

 

The EPA reports that one out of every ten hazardous waste violations is related to the mismanagement of universal waste like batteries, mercury-containing components and lamps.  Unmarked or improperly marked universal waste containment and improper universal waste storage are two of the three most common violations.  Utilizing an EasyPak container for smaller quantities or a BulbEater 3® for larger quantities can prevent storage issues.

 

 

AuthoradminPosted onSeptember 4, 2018CategoriesUncategorizedTagsBulb RecyclingEPAepa compliancefluorescentfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingfluorescent disposalfluorescent wasteHazardous wasteLamp RecyclingLeave a commenton The Terrible Ten

EPA adds Manifesting Fees to Processing Costs

TerraCycle discusses the EPA’s updated manifesting fees going into effect September 1, 2018

EPA Logo

In an effort to encourage all hazardous waste receiving facilities to adopt fully electronic manifesting, the EPA has changed the fee structure for Manifest User Fees.  Effective September 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019, hazardous waste receiving facilities will be charged based on a scale that rewards them for adopting the EPA’s fully-integrated, electronic system.  The agency will continue to accept paper manifesting, but at a higher fee.  Fluorescent lamp waste generators and other hazardous waste generators can expect to see an increase in their recycling cost as processors pass the new expense on to their customers. 

TerraCycle Regulated Waste is aware of the new fees and is working to limit the impact on responsible recyclers.  Contact your TerraCycle Regulated Waste representative directly for more information or questions.  

AuthoradminPosted onAugust 31, 2018CategoriesUncategorizedTagsBulb EaterBulb RecyclingEPAfluorescent lamp recyclingManifest FeeManifest FeesManifesting FeeTerracycleLeave a commenton EPA adds Manifesting Fees to Processing Costs

Household Mercury can be a Danger to Many Families

 

Properly dispose of old lamps to prevent breakageCompact fluorescent bulbs are the one of most inexpensive and environmentally-sound lighting options for consumers. Fluorescent bulbs are more efficient than traditional, incandescent light bulbs because they utilize less energy and last longer than comparable incandescents. While LED bulbs have decreased in price, making them a more viable option for homeowners (certain companies such as G.E. are phasing out of the fluorescent bulb business entirely), there are still millions of fluorescent bulbs in homes world-wide. The question becomes: once these bulbs burn out, what are you supposed to do with them?

 

The problem with fluorescent bulbs is that they contain mercury. If fluorescent bulbs are thrown in the trash they are likely to break, which is a big issue because each bulb contains at least 4 mg of mercury. This doesn’t seem so scary when you consider that a household thermometer contains 500 mg of mercury, but to put it in perspective– it is enough to contaminate two Olympic-size swimming pools.  That is why mercury can be harmful to the environment if it enters a landfill.  When the bulbs break in the natural compacting of waste on a landfill, the mercury has the opportunity to leach into the water supply.

And while it is very important to protect the environment from mercury contamination, there is danger to beware of in your own home as well. If the bulb breaks, the mercury is released as a vapor that can be inhaled and as a fine powder or liquid droplets that can settle into carpets.  If not properly cleaned up, this mercury can pose a serious health threat to children and pets.  A lot of people are aware of this danger but don’t know what to do with the bulbs, aside from not throwing them in the garbage.

So, unsure what their options are, people collect their bulbs, letting them pile up until a convenient option arises. In fact, the EPA gives the advice “Rather than disposing of them with household trash, simply store expended CFLs until easy recycling is available in your area”. Well meaning as this advice seems, these bulbs should be disposed of as quickly as possible.

While used fluorescent lamps are sitting in a box in your garage or shed, the mercury within them is still contained.  When the glass tube is intact, the mercury can be kept within them indefinitely.  The probability of you, your children or your pet accidentally coming into contact this box increases the longer the bulbs pile up.  More time sitting in storage equals greater chance of accidental breakage.  Not to mention that many of us store paints, solvents and automotive chemicals in our utility areas.  Broken bulbs could mix with other such household hazardous items in a contained area – your shed could be brewing all sorts of toxic concoctions.

Going the extra step to recycle your fluorescent bulbs correctly doesn’t have to be a huge pain. There are several convenient options available to dispose of fluorescent bulbs safely.

  • Drop off at a household hazardous waste collection area

Most municipalities and towns have designated drop-off centers where you can safely dispose of your bulbs and other household hazardous waste. And in most town this service is free or carries a very modest administrative fee. Neighbors can join forces and bring all their fluorescent bulbs over at once and split the cost if it seems too much. Your local solid waste department can provide the details on their website or by phone.

Earth 911 also provides information on recycling programs and other community programs to benefit the environment.   If you type in your zip code the site will tell you where hazardous waste drop-off areas are located and the collection schedule, if that is available in your town.

 

  • Drop off at a Home Depot or other hardware store

If the hazardous waste drop off in your town is too far, Home Depot offers recycling programs for CFLs.  Other hardware stores offer recycling for fluorescent lamps, batteries and used paint on a regional basis, as well.  Check with your local retailer for details.

Another option is to purchase an EasyPak CFL Recycling Box from TerraCycle. These are inexpensive way to keep your home safe from the potential  threat of mercury. The boxes are specially designed to meet crush-resistant standards and have an integrated lining that captures mercury, should a lamp break inside the box.   Once you buy an EasyPak, there is a prepaid return label included so you can send your fluorescent bulbs safely back to TerraCycle for recycling.

This is a great option for getting rid of fluorescent bulbs safely in your own house, or even incorporating your community into the cause by having a designated spot to put bulbs for several households. By being more aware of the potential harm fluorescent light bulbs can cause, we can all keep our homes and communities safer while saving energy and protecting the environment.

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Colorado State Prison System Uses BulbEater to Recycle Lamps

Correctional facilities face a number of unique challenges unheard of in other large, multiuse properties.  Combining living space, industrial operations and heightened security needs puts lighting at a priority.  Burned-out fluorescent lamps are not just a nuisance but can be a life-threatening situation.  For that reason, correctional facility managers must stay ahead of lamp replacement.  Most will seek to replace lamps before the end of their practical lifecycle which can often result in the need to dispose of hundreds, if not thousands of lamps at a time.

The EPA requires that correctional facilities recycle all spent mercury-containing lamps.  With linear and U-bend fluorescent lamps in such great numbers at these facilities, it is important to understand how to remain compliant.  Failure to do so can result in violations and fines that could have been easily prevented.

“Correctional facilities are no different than any other non-residential fluorescent lamp user to the EPA,” explains Joe Day, Account Manager at TerraCycle Regulated Waste.  “The rules governing hazardous waste apply, just the same.  They must recycle all fluorescent lamps, as well as any other mercury-containing lamps.”

A facility will fall into one of three waste generator categories, based on the amount of total hazardous waste they generate per month.

  • Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) generate 100 kilograms or less per month of hazardous waste or one kilogram or less per month of acutely hazardous waste.
  • Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) generate more than 100 kilograms, but less than 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste per month.
  • Large Quantity Generators (LQGs) generate 1,000 kilograms per month or more of hazardous waste or more than one kilogram per month of acutely hazardous waste.

The materials that are considered ‘hazardous waste’ include fluorescent and mercury-containing lamps, paint, insecticides and fertilizers, batteries, and cleaning supplies.  Keeping these waste products in storage, on-site until pick up by a registered hazardous waste hauler is not uncommon, but must follow the federal guidelines.

For fluorescent lamps, that means storing in a way that prevents accidental breakage of the lamps and potential contamination by the release of the mercury contained in the lamps.  To achieve this, some larger facilities use a drum-top lamp crusher like the Bulb Eater 3®.  A lamp crusher is a device that crushes the glass tube of the fluorescent lamp in a vacuum system that captures the mercury before it can be released into the atmosphere.  The crushing of the lamps compacts the waste volume by as much as 80%, making storage much more manageable.  With a capacity of approximately 1350 T8 fluorescent lamps per 55-gallon steel drum, storage space is well controlled by lamp crushing.

 

BulbEater 3 with U-Bend/CFL chute attachment

 

“Our combined efforts will truly make a difference not only with complying with local regulations, but also with being good stewards for the environment.”  States Dave Bechtle, Colorado Department of Corrections.  Colorado purchased Bulb Eater 3® units in 2017 for all nine state penitentiaries.

For specialty lighting, like safety-sealed fluorescent lamps, drum-top bulb crushing is not appropriate.  To properly dispose of these types of lamps, a facility can purchase EasyPak self-sealing containers or PalletPak containers for larger quantities.  It is very important to note that the EPA requires that any spent lamps being stored at a facility until shipping is able to be efficiently facilitated must be kept in containers that prevent the accidental breakage and can capture any mercury, should there be accidental release.  Corrugated boxes or fiber drums used as storage must either be lined with plastic or contain an integrated seal, like EasyPak boxes.

Drum-top crushing is not approved in all states, so it is important to speak to a lamp recycling specialist to determine the best practices in your region.  Understanding how many lamps per month or year a facility is generating will make it easy to create a recycling plan that fulfills EPA compliance standards and meets the needs of the property—both in safety and security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal disposal of fluorescent lamps can be a costly mistake

Fluorescent lamps illegally dumped

In 1976, the federal government passed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  The act has been amended several times, giving the EPA definitions and guidelines that provide them the ability to take action against facilities and businesses that fail to meet regulations for the health and safety of people and the environment.  An important subsection of the RCRA regulations addresses the handling of waste, and more specifically, regulated waste.

According to EPA records, over the last two years hundreds of companies and facilities have been fined for failing to comply with the EPA’s rules on the handling of universal waste.  Fines typically range from $3,000 to $9,000, but some have been recorded as high as tens of thousands for substantial violators. A check of the inspection records for several states and regions indicates that cited violators were not limited to large universal waste producers or any specific industry.  From small, public schools to major corporations, any facility that utilizes fluorescent lighting can find themselves in trouble if their universal waste is not properly managed.

According to the Cornell Law School, the EPA has the authority to inspect and levy fines for failure to properly handle hazardous waste under Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR Part 273, Subpart A – General).  Fluorescent lamps, batteries, pesticides and mercury-containing equipment are specifically defined as “Universal Waste” by the EPA, and are subject to heightened scrutiny because of the potential danger to the environment when not properly disposed of or recycled.

For example according to the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website, two universities in the Upstate region of South Carolina were recently fined in excess of $12,000 combined for RCRA violations.  A retail chain store in Kentucky was fined $3,750 by their state DEP when the federal EPA recorded the violation.  Additionally, the management team at that Kentucky store was required to attend an Enforcement Conference with the EPA.  But perhaps the most notable financial penalty for improper disposal of hazardous and universal waste in the last year is the $27.84 Million Home Depot agreed to pay to California.

Fortunately, fines and citations are easily preventable, if you work with a registered, reputable hazardous waste handler.  A certified universal waste recycler can provide facility management with a clear record of their waste’s proper handling and will provide a Certificate of Recycling Compliance for future reference.  Having an understanding of your recycler’s downstream procedures can be the difference between an uneventful inspection and a disciplinary action.

The most recent federal budget slashes the EPA funding by 23%, causing a large reduction in staff.  This might mean more pressure on inspectors to find actionable violations.  With less direct budgetary funding, it could also mean the EPA will be looking to increase the financial impact of fines and violations to help defray the cost of other important programs.  It becomes all the more important for a business or facility to have the necessary documentation of compliance.

TerraCycle EasyPak fluorescent lamp recycling box

 

Depending on the amount of universal waste a facility is producing, there are good options for EPA-compliance.  A smaller facility that isn’t producing much hazardous waste, say 100 kilograms (220 lbs.) or less a month, is considered a very small quantity generator (VSQG).  Setting up a box and store program for their fluorescent lamps, like an EasyPakTM box, will most likely be enough to remain compliant.

A mid-sized or larger facility could fall into either the small quantity generator (SQG) or large quantity generator (LQG) category.  Depending on a number of factors, such as the number of waste lamps generated each month and available storage space, a facility might consider a drum-top bulb crusher like the BulbEater3L® for their compliance needs (check local regulations for approval).  For very large quantities of waste lamps, a facility can set up a bulk pick-up to clear their property of potentially hazardous lamps.

The key is to get ahead of the violations before the EPA comes to inspect a facility.  No manager wants to have to spend money on a fine, plus find themselves under greater scrutiny when a situation is easily preventable.  The solutions cost a fraction of the fines the EPA can levy and prevent the embarrassment of citation.

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TerraCycle Regulated Waste Announces Addition of Medwaste Recycling

TRENTON, N.J., (August 8, 2018) – Medical waste (in the form of used sharps) has become the latest difficult-to-recycle recycling program at TerraCycle, as the company continues to add waste streams to its product list.  Utilizing EPA-approved sterilization technology, the company has developed a system that provides contaminant exposure protection and high-efficiency material recovery.

The regulated waste division of TerraCycle has created a sharps container and shipping carton system available in a variety of sizes.  The puncture-resistant sharps containers are approved for use by both UPS and the US Postal Service when shipped within the corresponding carton.  Sizes range from a 1.4-quart container for home use to a commercial 28-gallon system.  Like its Zero Waste Box programs, the medwaste boxes are postage-prepaid—the customer simply fills the sharps container, boxes it and calls UPS or USPS for a pickup.

Recycle the materials from used sharps safely and securely.

“This is an exciting addition to the regulated waste offerings at TerraCycle,” explains Bobby Farris, General Manager of TerraCycle Regulated Waste, “We’re providing a real alternative to incineration for medwaste customers who want to see the materials recycled.”

According to the World Health Organization, as much as 90% of all medical waste is incinerated, even though only 15% of it is actually considered biologically hazardous.  Originally, it was thought that destroying medical waste through incineration destroyed the known pathogens, but more recent science suggests the process exposes the environment to potential contaminants in the form of microscopic particulate emitted in the process exhaust.  Furthermore, the resulting ash and byproducts are not easily recouped for recycling or reuse and are often landfilled.

To protect the population and environment, the EPA has begun to promote the use of “Alternative Treatment and Disposal Technologies for Medical Waste.”   By utilizing commercial steam disinfection (autoclave) of medical waste and then processing the sharps to separate metals, plastics and glass, TerraCycle is able to reclaim valuable materials and divert waste from the landfill.  The system provides better, more measurable elimination of biohazards and lessens the linear use of resources.

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Universal Waste and the EPA: How Can Your Business Follow the Law?

Are you sure your business is following all the laws and regulations regarding the disposal and recycling of universal waste? The EPA has always tried to inform businesses and business owners about the laws, reasoning, and methods of proper universal waste management. However, recently they’ve made even better efforts to make sure that businesses understand everything there is to know about universal waste management. At AirCycle, we take these important regulations seriously and know that our universal waste recycling programs meet all expectations set by the EPA and will make your recycling plan easier and more efficient.

AirCycle has been actively involved in making sure that our methods of universal waste management, including bulb recycling, recycling by mail, bulk pickups, and compact recycling methods, are fine-tuned to meet your standards of ease and the EPA’s standard of effectiveness. Overall, our record is stellar when it comes to our sustainability impact. We’ve kept over 5 million acres of oxygen levels pure, recycled over 250 thousand grams of mercury, 2.5 million pounds of batteries, and 7 million pounds of ballasts. When evaluating your recycling plan to see if it fits the regulations set by the EPA, here are a few things you need to know:

  1. What materials can be classified as universal waste?
    It all depends on your state. Some of the general items classified under the EPA regulatory historyof universal waste management includes batteries, pesticides, thermostats, lamps, and mercury-containing equipment. This being said, every state can differ on what exactly is defined by the term universal waste. To make absolutely certain that your business recognizes every universal waste that is produced and needs recycling, check your state’s complete listof what could be classified as universal waste.
  2. Who can transport universal waste?
    Universal waste can be transported by members of the business who produced it or by a third-party. The caveat here, however, is that the person who transports such waste, which could be hazardous, has to follow the Subpart D guidelines of the federal standards for universal waste management. At AirCycle, we have programs to make this part easier than if you were to do it yourself. With our bulk pickupsand EasyPaktotal management programs, we can make the recycling fast and easy. Just collect and/or send us your waste, and we’ll handle all the rest!
  3. Can’t I just toss my used bulbs in the landfill?
    The answer is a stiff “no” in the eyes of the EPA and in terms of environmental and health protection. Right now, the most efficient bulbs on the market utilize mercury to lower energy use and reduce the amount of mercury that is released from other power plants. While using these bulbs greatly reduces the amount of mercury produced by power plants and the making of other bulbs, simply throwing out your fluorescent bulbs can result in serious health risks and damage the environment.

This is where our state-of-the-art Bulb Eaters® come in handy. Our Bulb Eater 3® and our new Bulb Eater 3L® machines offer great benefits when it comes to the handling and safe disposable of fluorescent lightbulbs. Using the Bulb Eater® machines allows your business to save up to 50% on recycling costs, maximize storage space by up to 80%, and reduce recycling labor by 20 hours per 1,000 lamps crushed. EPA studies have shown that self-transportation, or even third-party transportation, by way of boxing bulbs can cause a 2-3% accidental breakage rate, raising the liability associated with your recycling program. With our recycling advice and programs, we’ll be able to lower your emission levels down to just .001%. Our testimonials speak for themselves, as many have said the purchase of the Bulb Eater 3® has made their experiences with recycling universal waste easier, more cost effective, and a great addition to their environmental protection programs.

AirCycle strives to make your life easier when it comes to universal waste management. Following the law and saving money, of course, already sounds like a great plan for your business. However, the best part of hiring us to fulfill your universal waste needs is the positive impact your business will be making upon the environment for years to come. AirCycle has so many options when it comes to recycling universal waste, and any of them can fit your needs as a business. Contact us today to find out what steps you can take to follow the law, save money, and prevent a damaging footprint on the planet.

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Air Cycle Highlights Many Accomplishments This Year

Did you know that the national lamp recycling rate in the commercial and industrial sectors is at only 30%? At Air Cycle, we make it our goal to provide easy, time-saving, and affordable solutions for corporate waste recycling to help increase those recycling numbers. In 2017, we were able to expand our reach and continue to help our customers. Below are a few of things that we accomplished in 2017 that will work to increase national recycling rates:

New Product Launch

This year, Air Cycle released a new addition into our bulb crusher family of products: The Bulb Eater 3L (BE3L). With a more compact size, the BE3L packs the same powerful technology that our Bulb Eater users rave about. This product makes it easier for businesses to be environmentally conscious while saving time, money and space!

The Bulb Eater 3L has many of the features of the award-winning Bulb Eater® 3, but is offered at a reduced cost and is the perfect solution for those wanting to save money while reducing labor and recycling costs.

Expanding services to the UK

You may remember hearing about our trip across the pond recently. 2017 brought on new products and also new expansions. Air Cycle has now partnered with JARSHIRE Waste & Recycling to provide businesses in the UK with our top of the line recycling products and services.

To date, Air Cycle’s simple, sustainable solutions are available in nine (9) countries across the globe. To learn more about our international programs or find out if our services are available in your country, visit us online.

Continued Focus on Waste Reduction Worldwide

Air Cycle continues to add daily to its worldwide focus of universal waste reduction totals more than ever! Currently, we are proud to share the following savings to our environment:
• 5,052,257 acres of water kept pure
• 252,613 grams of hazardous mercury recycled
• 2,565,296 lbs of batteries recycled
• 7,300,321 lbs of ballasts recycled

As we embark on a new year, Air Cycle looks forward to increasing those numbers and making more of an impact helping other companies reach their sustainability goals.

TerraCycle

Our biggest news of the year is that we have proudly joined forces with TerraCycle! Headquartered in Trenton, NJ, TerraCycle is the global leader in collecting and repurposing hard-to-recycle waste. Operating in over 20 countries, engaging over 60 million people, and recycling billions of pieces of waste through various innovative platforms, TerraCycle is focused on Eliminating the Idea of Waste®

Through the acquisition of the Air Cycle assets, TerraCycle makes its entry into the universal waste market—the company’s first “regulated” waste market. We are excited to begin this new venture with TerraCycle and provide our clients with new recycling solutions!

We thank each and every one of our clients for their continued support and shared goals of improving the efficiencies of recycling programs in their organizations. To learn how you can save time, money, and valuable storage space with our services in 2018, contact us!

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The Deadline for Scheduling your Bulk Pickup is here!

The last day to schedule your end of year pick up is quickly approaching! For the most efficient end of year bulk pickup cycle, we request that you schedule your last bulk pickup of the year as soon as you can.

Don’t wait until the month is over, schedule your pickup now!

 

How does nationwide bulk waste pickup work to increase efficiency at my facility?

Our bulk pickup services provide a cost-effective solution for facilities that recycle a large amount of universal waste. Our program takes care of waste including fluorescent lamps (crushed or not), ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste. And our flexible scheduling allows us to coordinate a pickup date that works best for you.

Your packaged waste is picked up and delivered to one of our certified recycling partners. The waste is then recycled, and you’ll receive a Certificate of Recycling to confirm proper handling and processing. Our online recycling reports allow anyone who has utilized bulk pickup recycling services to receive detailed information about their facility’s recycling progress. Each report details specifically what types of waste were recycled, the amount recycled, and the date processed. These reports are available online 24/7 and are perfect for facility management reviews, “green” marketing initiatives, and more.

 

Schedule your final bulk pickup of 2017 online or by phone at (800) 909-9709.

 

 

If this is your first time using the convenient universal waste recycling services from TerraCycle Regulated Waste, LLC (Formerly Air Cycle Corporation), call (800) 909-9709 to request a quote and see if your facility is a good fit for our Nationwide Bulk Pickup recycling services. Learn more about our simple, sustainable waste recycling solutions online at aircycle.com!

AuthoradminPosted onNovember 14, 2017CategoriesBulk PickupTagsBulb Recyclingbulk battery disposalbulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingenvironmental sustainabilityLamp Recyclingon-site food waste digestionrecycle CFLsrecycling fluorescent lampsSafer Work EnvironmentsTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton The Deadline for Scheduling your Bulk Pickup is here!

Air Cycle Corporation Crosses the Pond, Partners with New UK Distributor

Air Cycle Corporation is pleased to announce that we have entered into a distribution agreement with JARSHIRE Waste and Recycling located in Slough, UK to represent us in the United Kingdom.

In addition to providing broad waste services in the UK, they have developed a mobile Material Recycling Facility (MRF) that is typically deployed on drilling rigs. Our Bulb Eater® technology will be seamlessly incorporated into their existing MRF concept, which also typically includes bailing equipment, compactors and other volume reduction technology.

“JARSHIRE had tried a few other bulb crushers supplied in the past, but we were then recommended to use Air Cycle from one of our customers who had bought other equipment from us in the past, and they said they had also used Air Cycle and other suppliers of Bulb Eaters and that Air Cycle’s unit was the best on the market for quality, price and after sales. We are delighted to be representing Air Cycle.” – Nick Jobson: JARSHIRE

 

 

Why include The Bulb Eater®?

The Bulb Eater® crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material and captures over 99.99% of the vapors released. The system, which is mounted onto a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1359 4-foot fluorescent lamps.

 

The Bulb Eater® will help your company:

  • Eliminate storage hassles – Reduce your needed storage space for lamps, The Bulb Eater® lamp crusher crushes all length lamps.
  • Reduce handling – Save roughly 20 hours of labor per 1000 lamps by crushing rather than boxing the lamps!
  • Create a safer work environment – The 0.001% emission rate from the Bulb Eater® lamp crushing system provides for less mercury vapor emission.
  • Cut costs – By pre-crushing the lamps, facilities are able to save money on their lamp recycling costs.

 

Our current customers rave about the ease of our programs.

We’ve had much success simplifying our recycling program using the Bulb Eater 3 we especially like the new features including the ability to crush our ever-increasing Compact Fluorescent lamps. Great Value.” – Brandon Goulet, Markley Group

 

Air Cycle is committed to improving the efficiencies of your recycling programs. Save time, money, and valuable storage space with our services. If you are in the UK and are interested in the services provided by Air Cycle, contact us today! For more information on our other international distributing, click here.

AuthoradminPosted onOctober 27, 2017CategoriesBulb EaterTagsair cycleair cycle recyclingbulb crusherBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli Technologycorporate waste recyclingfluorescent bulb recyclingfluorescent lamp recyclingrecycling fluorescent lampsrecycling in the UKrecycling solutionsrecycling spent lampsthe bulb eaterworldwide recycling solutionsLeave a commenton Air Cycle Corporation Crosses the Pond, Partners with New UK Distributor

How Air Cycle Can Help You Wrap Up Q4

Moving into quarter four is an exciting time for companies, but it can also be overwhelming. Have you been storing your spent waste throughout the year and need someone to take it off your hands? Quickly schedule your end-of-year bulk pickup.

Whether you crush linear fluorescent lamps, CFLs, and u-tubes or you palletize and store a variety of universal waste, recycling your spent materials before the end of the year is an important part of any efficient universal waste recycling plan.

Schedule your final bulk pickup of 2017 online or by phone at (800) 909-9709.

 

For facilities over 150,000 square feet, bulk pickups provide a cost-effective solution for recycling large amounts of universal waste. Whether you have fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, or electronic waste, Air Cycle will help you recycle it.

We pick up and deliver your waste to one of our certified recycling partners, and provide you with a Certificate of Recycling to confirm proper handling and processing.

We also work with your schedule to coordinate a pickup date that fits your company’s needs.

Does your company need simple, sustainable recycling solutions? Pair programs to get more bang for your buck!

We’ve made it our mission to provide easy-to-implement recycling solutions for organizations. Our Bulk Pickup program pairs perfectly with the Bulb Eater® and eliminates the need to store intact lamps between pickup dates. The 55-gallon drum can hold up to 1,350 crushed lamps, saving you time, space, and money. When your gallon is full, you simply schedule a bulk pickup to recycle the crushed lamps, as well as other bulk universal waste from your facility.

 

If this is your first time hearing about our convenient universal waste recycling services from Air Cycle, call (800) 909-9709 to request a quote.

To book your final bulk pickup of 2017, please schedule online or call Air Cycle!

 

AuthoradminPosted onOctober 20, 2017CategoriesBulk PickupTagsbattery recyclingBulb EaterBulb Recyclingbulk battery disposalbulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingrecycle CFLsrecycle in bulkUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton How Air Cycle Can Help You Wrap Up Q4

Prepare Your Budget for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

Are you planning your budget for the next fiscal year? Don’t forget about your corporate universal waste recycling program!

As the end of the fiscal year approaches, you may be wondering how you can appropriately disperse funds in the coming year. Spend your budget in a way that isn’t wasteful and will benefit your company as a whole.

Air Cycle offers companies simple, sustainable solutions that allow you to comply with Universal Waste regulations. Here are three of our solutions you may want to consider this year:

  1. Bulk Pick Up

For facilities over 150,000 square feet, bulk pickups provide a cost-effective solution for recycling large amounts of universal waste. Do you have fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste you need removed? Our service area covers all 48 lower states.

Your packaged waste is picked up and delivered to one of our permitted recycling partners. Once the waste is recycled, you’ll receive a Certificate of Recycling to confirm proper handling and processing.

 

  1. The Bulb Eater 3

If saving money and creating a safer work environment are important to you, consider our Bulb Eater machines. The Bulb Eater 3 (and Bulb Eater 3L, created especially for smaller facilities) reduces risk and liability associated with improper disposal and reduces labor by up to 20 hours per 1,000 lamps. Why not make lamp recycling fun, while also saving money.

 

  1. EasyPak with Vapor Shield

We’ve proven that our EasyPak boxes beat out the competition. Not only are they incredibly easy to use, they’re also designed for simple compliance. Select your containers online, fill them according to the instructions listed, and send them back to us. Once you’re done, you can reorder boxes, or better yet, enroll in our Auto Reorder program. Your order history, Certificates of Recycling and recycling reports are readily available on-line.

 

At Air Cycle, we believe that recycling should be easy, not difficult or time consuming. That’s why we offer some of the easiest, most effective recycling programs in the world. Contact us today to learn more about our solutions: 800.909.9709.

AuthoradminPosted onOctober 10, 2017CategoriesBulb EaterBulk PickupEasyPak ContainersTagsbattery recyclingBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyBulb eater 3Lbulb eater 3L with intelli technologybulb eater services programBulb Recyclingbulk battery disposalbulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingeasypakEasyPak ContainersEasyPak Recyclingenvironmental sustainabilityfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingGreen Hotel of the YearGreen HotelsGreen MarketingGreen ReportingGreen TravelGreen UniversitiesLamp RecyclingLED retrofitLED retrofittingrecycle CFLsSafer Work EnvironmentsTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton Prepare Your Budget for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

Air Cycle’s EasyPak Lamp Recycling Boxes Beat out the Competition

We talk a big game about our products, but it’s not just hype! We put our recycling solutions to the test in a live demonstration. Air Cycle’s EasyPak lamp recycling boxes make packing spent lamps easier and safer thanks to our unique Vapor Shield design technology! Watch our demonstration to see the ease facility workers have when using EasyPak with Vapor Shield from Air Cycle Corporation.

 

With only 3 simple parts, you can pack your lamps without worrying about the complicated assembly process our competitors use. Don’t mess with boxes and bags or boxes-in-bags-in-boxes – the inner boxes and outer bags lead to more waste and increase the chances of snagging on the lamps during the fill process. Utilize the full capacity of the container while our Vapor Shield technology protects your employees in the event of incidental lamp breakage!

Visit aircycle.com for more details on Easy Pak and the Vapor Shield technology developed by Air Cycle and find out how you can efficiently recycle your lamps and other Universal Waste using our pre-paid recycling containers.

Air Cycle Corporation is a sustainable solutions and technologies company. We believe that people want innovative tools and services that are easy to use, improve results, save money, and are environmentally protective. Air Cycle is committed to developing those tools and services in order to help people, protect our environment, and create opportunity for our team and partners.

Do you need to recycle fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, and e-waste? Our products and services are designed to enable you to implement a comprehensive environmental program for your facility.

Learn more about our simple, sustainable solutions by visiting AirCycle.com! One of our dedicated Customer Care reps will be happy to talk with you about just how much your business and employees will benefit from our simple, sustainable solutions! Contact us today by phone at 800.909.9709 or by emailing info@aircycle.com.

 

AuthoradminPosted onSeptember 25, 2017CategoriesUncategorizedTagsBulb RecyclingeasypakEasyPak ContainersEasyPak Recyclingeasypak with vapor shieldEmployee Safetyenvironmental sustainabilityFacility Safetyfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingrecycle CFLsSafer Work EnvironmentsUniversal Waste Recycling2 Commentson Air Cycle’s EasyPak Lamp Recycling Boxes Beat out the Competition

Air Cycle Helped Improve Big Lake’s Household Hazardous Waste Management Program

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility of Riley County, Kansas partnered with Air Cycle Corporation to improve the program’s efficiency, while reducing the cost of spent fluorescent and HID lamps recycling.  Follow this account of the process that lead to our solution.

The Problem

Because the Big Lake HHW facility services 11 total counties in the area, fluorescent lamps quickly add up. Since lamps are lightweight and bulky, they take a disproportionate amount of space in the HHW facility storage area, as well as in the truck transporting it to the recycling facility. Fluorescent lamps represented 7.6% of the waste generated in Kansas, making Air Cycle’s Bulb Eater a perfect fit for Household Hazardous Waste programs. When Steve Oliver took over the HHW program, the facility had a large number of fluorescent lamps that had accumulated over a nearly 12-month period. He estimated that approximately 9,700 lamps of all shapes and sizes were being stored.

 

The Solution

The Riley County personnel purchased the Bulb Eater 3L model, which allowed them to process straight, circular, u-bent, and compact fluorescent lamps. It took Big Lake HHW personnel a total of 14.5 hours over the course of four days to complete the task of crushing the one-year spent lamp backlog. The completed project generated nine full drums and one partial drum of waste. Big Lake officials also tracked the amount and types of lamps placed in each drum and the resulting weight.

 

Impact

Over 14.5 hours, 9,268 total lamps were processed. When factoring the labor required to package, label, palletize the lamps to prepare them for shipment, and the recycling cost savings of transporting intact lamps versus crushed lamps, county officials estimated their savings to be $4,265.00 or about 50%, which allowed them to reduce the fees charged to users of their HHW programs by 50%.

To learn more about how Air Cycle helped Big Lake Regional HHW implement new processes that improved the program’s efficiencies and reduced cost, download our case study.

 

Air Cycle is committed to improving the efficiencies of  your recycling programs. Save time, money, and valuable storage space with our services. Contact us for a free review your current recycling program or for help with starting a new plan. Visit aircycle.com or call 800.909.9709 to speak with a recycling specialist about how we can help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generate Savings and Brag About Your Sustainable Practices

Has your company been considering incorporating green initiatives into its business practices? Do you already have a Universal Waste program in place but looking for an easier and more cost-effective way to deal with fluorescent lamps? Air Cycle has many universal waste recycling options to help your company get started!

Here are some benefits of partnering with Air Cycle for your universal waste recycling:

  1. Our Broad Spectrum of Products and Services

Contact us to learn more about our products and services and we’ll help you decide which is the best fit for your facility. Our lineup includes:

  • The Bulb Eater Series (3, 3L),
  • EasyPak,
  • Bulk Pickup,
  • Total Program Management, and
  • Our Brand New Bulb Eater Services Program.
  1. You Minimize Costs

If you generate a large amount of Universal Waste, buying recycling services “in bulk” is usually cheaper. However, if you calculate the labor involved in packaging, labeling, and preparing the waste for shipment, are you really saving money? Let us help you design a program that truly minimizes cost.

  1. Ensure Compliance

Regulations vary from state to state. Our services ensure your company’s compliance with these laws. Learn more about that here.

  1. Brag About Your Commitment to Sustainable Practices

By using our services, you have access to recycling reports, tracking, and recycling certificates to help your company publicize your sustainable practices. Air Cycle Corporation is committed to providing the best recycling services possible, and Online Recycling Reports provides you with the means to brag about you contributions to a better environment.

 

For more information on how Air Cycle can help your company implement new green initiatives and the benefits of making these changes, download our Whitepaper: “Corporate Universal Waste Recycling: Ensuring Compliance, Generating Savings.

 

Air Cycle is committed to making your recycling programs easy to run and cost efficient. Contact us to start your plan today. Visit aircycle.com or call 800.909.9709 to speak with a recycling specialist about how we can help you go green.

AuthoradminPosted onAugust 23, 2017CategoriesUncategorizedTagsbattery recyclingBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyBulb eater 3Lbulb eater 3L with intelli technologybulb eater services programBulb RecyclingEasyPak ContainersEasyPak RecyclingFacility Safetyfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingFood Waste DiversionGreen College CampusesGreen Hotel of the YearGreen HotelsGreen MarketingGreen ReportingGreen TravelGreen UniversitiesLamp RecyclingLED retrofittingon-site food waste digestionSafer Work EnvironmentsTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton Generate Savings and Brag About Your Sustainable Practices

NAHMMA Trade Show

The North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) is the premier association for professionals on a mission to reduce and manage household hazardous waste. NAHMMA is a non-profit organization that supports its members with access to exclusive training opportunities and a nationwide network of people involved in the household hazardous waste management industry. The company supports the proper collection of products that contain hazardous components for recycling and proper treatment. NAHMMA will be hosting their 2017 national conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort from Sunday, August 13th until Friday, August 18th. Air Cycle will be present to talk to meeting participants about our products and services.

We are dedicated to providing simple, sustainable solutions and technologies to assist facilities in their recycling goals. Our solutions help you easily, and safely, recycle fluorescent lamps, batteries, and e-waste. Our products and services are designed to enable you to implement a comprehensive environmental program for your facility.

We will be attending the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference, promoting our Bulb Eater series, EasyPak, Bulk Pickup Services, and Total Program Management services approach.

With our Bulb Eater, many Household Hazardous Waste programs are using this technology to minimize physical labor and recycling costs. Since Bulb Eater technology can process a fluorescent lamp of any size, it makes fluorescent lamp storage safer and consumes much less space than storing lamps intact.

Our EasyPak sustainable program is an alternative for recycling lamps, batteries, electronics, and thermostat recycling containers at smaller collection facilities or in remote areas. All you have to do is fill the containers with the spent materials return them using the pre-paid UPS shipping label.

We also offer Bulk pickup services, which can pick up full drums from your Bulb Eater use or intact lamps. It can also pick up intact ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste.

To learn more about Air Cycle and how we can help you save money (while saving the earth), connect with us at the NAHMMA Trade Show in August or online!

AuthoradminPosted onJuly 18, 2017CategoriesUncategorizedTags2017 National Conferenceair cyclebattery recyclingBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyBulb Recyclingbulk pickup recycling servicesConferenceCost effective food waste solutionseasypakEasyPak ContainersEasyPak Recyclingenvironmental sustainabilityfloridafluorescent bulb recyclinggo greenNAHMMATotal Program ManagementLeave a commenton NAHMMA Trade Show

Should your Facility Consider the New Bulb Eater Services Program?

With our new Bulb Eater Services Program, you can save time and money using our supplied award-winning Bulb Eater and be environmentally friendly at the same time! Perfect for schools, hotels, office buildings, or facilities with over 200,000 square feet of lighted space, our new Bulb Eater Services Program cuts expenses without breaking the bank.

Continue reading“Should your Facility Consider the New Bulb Eater Services Program?”

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Save Money with Our New Bulb Eater Services Program

We are pleased to announce the introduction of our Bulb Eater Services Program. A program designed for any facility, regardless of size, that includes the use of a Bulb Eater 3 or our new Bulb Eater 3L!

Continue reading“Save Money with Our New Bulb Eater Services Program”

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Thinking of an LED Retrofit? Air Cycle’s solutions save you money!

Considering an LED Retrofit for your traditional lighting fixtures and fluorescents? Let Air Cycle alleviate the waste of your old fluorescent lights with our Bulk Pickup, or EasyPak services that take the hassle out of recycling. When it’s time to switch to LED lighting in your facility it can be costly, but with our efficient services Air Cycle will take the waste off your hands and assist you to go-green economically.

Air Cycle’s Bulk Pickup Recycling Service is an ideal option for larger facilities looking to recycle their old lamps. The service allows the user to schedule a pickup online, or by phone (800.909.9709), and determines pricing based on the quantity and location of waste to be picked up. After waste is taken, it is delivered to one of Air Cycle’s certified recycling partners. Finally, a Certificate of Recycling is provided to the facility to show their waste was properly disposed. Bulk Pickup is quick, and easy for anyone. Instead of improperly throwing out your fluorescent bulbs in the shift to LED, recycle them!

For smaller quantities, our EasyPak Program is another simple recycling service that is provided in three easy steps. The user merely selects a container, fills it with waste, and returns it with the prepaid shipping label for recycling. Additionally, Air Cycle has created an online tracking system to verify that your lamp waste has been recycled properly. EasyPak can be used by any size facility, and is the attractive choice for your lamps when they are no longer for use.

Considering the high initial cost and installation of LED lighting, let Air Cycle remove the angst of recycling your old lamps. Air Cycle strives to make the fluorescent lamp disposal affordable and easy for facilities looking to pursue the switch. Contact us at our email, info@aircycle.com, or telephone number listed above, for more information and help to make the environment a better place.

AuthoradminPosted onJune 21, 2017CategoriesBulb EaterBulk PickupEasyPak ContainersTagsbattery recyclingBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli Technologybulk battery disposalbulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingEasyPak ContainersEasyPak Recyclingenvironmental sustainabilityGreen College CampusesGreen HotelsGreen MarketingGreen ReportingGreen TravelGreen UniversitiesLamp RecyclingLED retrofitLED retrofittingSafer Work EnvironmentsSave money on LED retrofitsTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton Thinking of an LED Retrofit? Air Cycle’s solutions save you money!

School’s Out, Let Summer Maintenance Projects Begin

School is out for summer, leaving the school open for those large maintenance projects that you’ve been putting off all year. Are you tackling any large lighting projects this summer? Air Cycle can take the recycling headaches from you and allow you to spend more time on the projects themselves, making your school more resourceful. Choose one of these three easy solutions to recycle your fluorescent spent lamps the right way.

  • With Air Cycle’s Bulb Eater®, schools can process fluorescent lamps of all sizes, thereby minimizing physical labor, spent lamp storage space, and recycling costs. Investing in The Bulb Eater® is the first step to retrofitting a school’s recycling plan and creating a safe work environment with its on-site lamp crushing capability, that can be used year-round.
  • Air Cycle offers Bulk Pickup Recycling Services. These services can be scheduled online or by phone, to recycle waste and establish a cost-effective solution for recycling, which also provides your recycling history and certificates of recycling. Our Bulk Pickup services can pick up full drums from your Bulb Eater use or intact ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste.
  • For smaller quantities, the EasyPak Sustainable Program is another alternative to recycling lamps, ballasts, batteries, electronics and thermostat recycling containers. Simply fill the EasyPak boxes or bins with the spent waste material and return them using the provided pre-paid UPS shipping label. For records and reports, EasyPak even provides your school’s recycling history and a certificate of recycling.

If your existing recycling program takes more time than you have, or you simply want to start a recycling program, Air Cycle wants to help your school make it as elementary as possible. Air Cycle’s Total Program Management will walk your school through the process with consultation, regular guidance, and even training to result in a hassle-free, eco-friendly program. Enjoy our short, provided video to learn more about Total Program Management and see if it’s right for your school.

Air Cycle is committed to broadening your school’s recycling programs. Save time and money with our services. Contact us to start your plan today before summer flies by. Visit aircycle.com or call 800.909.9709 to speak with a recycling specialist about how we can help you with your summer re-lamping and/or retrofitting project.

AuthoradminPosted onJune 13, 2017CategoriesUncategorizedTagsBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyBulb Recyclingbulk battery disposalEnvironmental Protectionenvironmental sustainabilityfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingGreen UniversitiesSafer Work Environmentsschool planning and managementTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton School’s Out, Let Summer Maintenance Projects Begin

Simplify Your Recycling Plan with EasyPak Recycling

Being environmentally conscious is something that, due to research and scientific evidence, is becoming more and more important to businesses and individuals across the world. However, many businesses still say that recycling spent lamps, batteries, and electronics can be a hassle. In America, 70% of toxic waste is electronic and spent lamp waste, so it’s of utmost importance to consider how you can minimize your footprint from day to day!

At AirCycle, we can make this process a breeze with our EasyPak recycling program. EasyPak recycling involves shipping your used bulbs, batteries, ballast, thermostat, and electronic waste to us and we take of the rest. It’s easy-to-use, no hassle, and available for sign up online. The steps are simple: Continue reading“Simplify Your Recycling Plan with EasyPak Recycling”

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3 Fool-Proof Ways to De-Clutter Your Facility Today

Did you miss your spring-cleaning goal this year? Don’t fret; there are still easy ways to de-clutter your workspace just in time for summer. One of the biggest complaints we hear in the business community is that while organizing is easy, when it comes to electronic and bulb waste management and recycling, many don’t know where to begin and seems to quickly snowball. As waste begins to pile up, frustration can increase dramatically, making the idea of recycling a longshot goal. At AirCycle, we have a variety of products that can make your bulk waste management easy.

Continue reading“3 Fool-Proof Ways to De-Clutter Your Facility Today”

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Universal Waste Recycling with Air Cycle Saves Money!

Federal regulations classify four categories as universal waste: batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and mercury lamps. Though these products contain hazardous materials, they are all quite common. Businesses and households all generate universal waste, many not realizing the impact on our environment. While federal and state regulators may not police individual households, you can be assured they are observing the accumulation of waste made by facilities and businesses.  Continue reading“Universal Waste Recycling with Air Cycle Saves Money!”

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Air Cycle Releases New Bulb Eater Model: The Bulb Eater® 3L!

Air Cycle Corporation is excited to announce the release of the newest addition to its line of fluorescent lamp crushers, the Bulb Eater® 3L.

This new product is the next generation of the Bulb Eater® lamp crushing system, crushing straight fluorescent lamps of any length, CFL’s, and u-tube lamps into 100% recyclable material while capturing 99.99% of vapors released. The Bulb Eater® 3L technology makes it easier for businesses to be environmentally conscious while saving time and money. This machine has many of the features of the award-winning Bulb Eater® 3, but is offered at a reduced cost and is the perfect solution for those wanting to save money while reducing labor and recycling costs.

HOW DOES THE BULB EATER® 3L WORK?

The Bulb Eater® 3L pre-crushes fluorescent lamps and filling drums at your facility as an initial step in the recycling process. Once the drums are full, Air Cycle provides a nationwide pickup service for the lamps to be picked up and then recycled.

Recycle and save money all with one new product!

The Bulb Eater® 3L with Intelli Technology optimizes routine machine maintenance, reduces labor costs, minimizes storage space by up to 80%, and saves up to 50% on recycling costs. The Bulb Eater® 3L also provides your facility with OSHA and ACGIH compliance, worker safety, and environmental protection. If you are concerned with space and storage issues that often coincide with recycling solutions, you can now take full advantage of Air Cycle’s newest addition to its lamp crusher series.

With the power of Air Cycle’s simple, sustainable solutions for corporate recycling, facilities can save time and money with one comprehensive, nationwide service provider. Talk to one of our experts now to find out how The Bulb Eater® 3L can help you save space and reduce recycling costs more efficiently than ever before!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Your Life Simpler and Celebrate National Spring Cleaning Week

Have you ever wondered how the term Spring Cleaning arose? Did you know that March 6 through 12 was National Spring Cleaning Week? You may be surprised to learn that this annual ritual is centuries old and is performed across the globe among various civilizations and religious groups. From opening the windows and enjoying fresh spring air to conducting a thorough cleaning of your humble abode, this time of year is an opportunity to take stock in why you have to do this in the first place and what you could possibly change to make this daunting task less daunting.

At Air Cycle, we understand that a method devoted to waste stockpiles that have accumulated over the winter doesn’t need to be a part of your spring cleaning ritual. Let us help you set up a recycling program that works for you year round. Our Total Program Management 7-Step Process will help you establish and measure your recycling goals and put in place an easy to use recycling program that works for you throughout the year. Our team is passionate about what we can offer businesses and we’re sharing a few highlights on how our unparalleled services will help your business run smoother and your recycling program easier:

  1. Organization
    Our program design and products allow your recycling program to stay organized with ease. One of our expert consultants will meet with you to evaluate your facility’s situation and help you set achievable recycling goals that are then set out in a plan best suited to your company’s unique needs.
  2. Efficiency
    Not only is using our Air Cycle Total Program Management easy and organized; it promotes efficiency and safety for everyone involved. Eliminate time consuming and costly programs that provide undocumented benefits. With the help of our products and services, recycling is an easy and necessary addition to your business.
  3. Business Pride
    Social and economical responsibility are no longer just terms thrown around. Sustainability practices is no longer simply a buzz word, it is an operating philosophy. It’s how businesses operate and it’s an opportunity for you to inspire employees and fellow companies to make a difference, as well as show your customers you care. Our up to date reports and sustainability data provide you with the information necessary to show how your company is impacting the environment in a positive way.

Make this year’s National Spring Cleaning week the last one that contains fluorescent lamps, batteries and ballasts action plans. If you’re looking for simple sustainable solutions for recycling and leaving your green footprint, call us today for a consultation and to start your Total Program Management project.

AuthoradminPosted onMarch 14, 2017CategoriesUncategorizedTagsbattery recyclingBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyBulb Recyclingbulk battery disposalbulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingCost effective food waste solutionsEmployee SafetyEnvironmental Protectionenvironmental sustainabilityenvironmentally friendly food waste solutionsFacility Safetyfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingLamp RecyclingSafer Work EnvironmentsTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingLeave a commenton Make Your Life Simpler and Celebrate National Spring Cleaning Week

Simple Sustainable Solutions for the Largest and Most Commonly Generated Wastes

Some commonly used items contain hazardous materials that represent environmental risks when discarded and landfilled. Others, like food waste represents 35-40% of landfill receipts each year. Environmentally conscious recycling and compliance with state and federal regulations on recycling is a priority, particularly for large companies and those with a commitment to sustainable practices. Facilities can rely on Air Cycle to provide simple sustainable solutions for these commonly generated wastes.  Continue reading“Simple Sustainable Solutions for the Largest and Most Commonly Generated Wastes”

AuthoradminPosted onFebruary 23, 2017CategoriesUncategorizedTagsbattery recyclingBulb Recyclingbulk battery disposalbulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingCost effective food waste solutionsenvironmental sustainabilityenvironmentally friendly food waste solutionsfluorescent and HID lightingfluorescent bulb recyclingon-site food waste digestionLeave a commenton Simple Sustainable Solutions for the Largest and Most Commonly Generated Wastes

Searching for the Perfect Recycling Solution for Your Facility?

“I’m not sure which universal waste recycling solution is right for my facility. How much storage space do I have to store material waiting for recycling? Is there a solution for limited storage space?”

Continue reading“Searching for the Perfect Recycling Solution for Your Facility?”

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Do You Want To Stop Landfilling Food Waste?

The cost of landfilling your food waste is more complex than most may consider. When you take into account the hidden costs of landfilling organic waste – fuel surcharges, pickup and hauling fees, tipping, bin rentals, and environmental surcharges – the total impact to your bottom line can top nearly $200 per ton. Continue reading“Do You Want To Stop Landfilling Food Waste?”

AuthoradminPosted onJanuary 10, 2017CategoriesEnviroPure SystemsTagsCost effective food waste solutionsenvironmentally friendly food waste solutionsEnviroPure SystemsFood Waste Diversionlandfill diversionon-site food waste digestionLeave a commenton Do You Want To Stop Landfilling Food Waste?

Our New Year’s Resolutions – Improve Efficiency and Safety, Save Space!

Improve Recycling Efficiency 

The Bulb Eater® effectively crushes lamps and captures mercury vapor in under one second, saving roughly 20 hours of labor per 1000 lamps. Pre-crushing lamps saves money by having less to ship, saving anywhere from 10 cents to $1 per lamp! Our nationwide recycling program covers 48 states and we can also recycle your used batteries, electronics, and ballasts when we service your crushed lamps. Continue reading“Our New Year’s Resolutions – Improve Efficiency and Safety, Save Space!”

AuthoradminPosted onDecember 19, 2016CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Our New Year’s Resolutions – Improve Efficiency and Safety, Save Space!

Food Waste Landfill Diversion Strategies for 2017

For facilities managers, food waste is a messy and smelly problem. The longer you wait to find a solution, the worse the problem will become. Why not consider a strategy that allows you to treat the waste on site as it is produced, thereby eliminating the need for long term storage in outside dumpsters? Continue reading“Food Waste Landfill Diversion Strategies for 2017”

AuthoradminPosted onDecember 13, 2016CategoriesEnviroPure SystemsLeave a commenton Food Waste Landfill Diversion Strategies for 2017

A Year of Simple, Sustainable Solutions from Air Cycle

Recognizing Our Environmental Heroes

This year, Air Cycle launched our Hero of the Month program in an effort to recognize organizations and facilities that go above and beyond to practice sustainability behind the scenes and on the frontlines. We visited Fairfax County Schools to talk about their safe and efficient lamp recycling program, as well as their commitment to keeping environmental sustainability in the curriculum. The Humane Society of the United States lent us a paw in spreading the word about the Bulb Eater® 3, our safe and efficient drum top lamp crusher.

If you’d like to nominate your facility for our Hero of the Month program, click here to apply!

Introducing Total Program Management

Earlier in 2016, we showcased  a comprehensive recycling solution to fit multi-location facilities like a glove – Total Program Management. By combining all of the simple, sustainable solutions that Air Cycle has to offer and customizing a program specifically for your organization, we’re able to cut costs and eliminate the need to offer multiple contract awards, and more importantly provide you with comprehensive recycling metrics that you can boast about. Watch our video to learn more.

Advancing Food Waste Diversion

Diverting food waste from landfills has been at the forefront of our environmental efforts in 2016. The cost and environmental impact of landfilling organic waste is astronomical. (Read more about the effects of transporting food waste on the environment and your bottom line here.)

This food waste diversion program eliminates the need to transport food waste to landfills, as the waste is odorously treated on-site and transformed into environmentally safe water and carbon dioxide.

Traveling Abroad – Air Cycle Joins Waste and Sanitech India

Environmental sanitation and waste management are becoming major public health issues in India, and new ideas and concepts for Solid Waste Management are being sought to solve these issues. As part of this initiative, the Indian government enacted new regulations in 2016 that regulate the proper recycling of mercury containing lamps. That’s why we were proud to be a part of Waste & Sanitech India 2016 in support of the Clean India Mission.

This exhibition and conference provided useful insights and solutions for developing 100 environmentally smart cities all over the country. From municipal waste to e-waste, bio-medical to organic, the convention offered an opportunity for government institutions, local authorities, architects, and more to explore innovative sustainable solutions options.

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Give Thanks for Food Waste Diversion from EnviroPure

As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, the mind goes to one place: everything that we have to be thankful for. Our health, a roof over our heads, an excellent fantasy football lineup. But for facilities managers, the mind might wander a little further off. ‘Where is all of this food waste going?’ Continue reading“Give Thanks for Food Waste Diversion from EnviroPure”

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Traveling Green this Holiday Season with Air Cycle

Tis the season to travel. The hospitality industry is working in full force to prepare for the holidays, as an influx of people travel to visit family or take one last vacation before the end of the year. How will holiday travelers choose where they lay down their heads? While price and availability will take precedent in this busy season, you may be surprised to know that more travelers are considering sustainability in their decision. Continue reading“Traveling Green this Holiday Season with Air Cycle”

AuthoradminPosted onNovember 14, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterBulk PickupEasyPak ContainersEnviroPure SystemsTagsenvironmental sustainabilitygreen hospitalityGreen Hotelsmarketing your sustainable effortsLeave a commenton Traveling Green this Holiday Season with Air Cycle

What We’re Thankful for: 5 Helpful Resources for Facilities Managers

As 2016 draws to an end, we can’t help but think of how much we learned in a year’s time. This week, we’re compiling a list of resources for facilities managers, straight from the most trusted publications in the industry. If you haven’t already come across these insightful articles this year, click through to hear from industry experts on retrofit planning, long-term maintenance, facilities management trend projections, and more. Continue reading

 


Economic growth in India has been skyrocketing year over year, but with that comes increased consumption rates and, of course, waste generation. Today, there are more opportunities than ever for material recovery, converting waste into energy, and sanitation throughout the nation. Environmental sanitation and waste management are major public health issues in India, and new ideas and concepts for Solid Waste Management are necessary. Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make The Switch to the Bulb Eater® 3 for Increased Efficiency and Safety

Attention current Bulb Eater® owners: thank you for being such a loyal customer! We celebrate you for being a member of the original lamp crushing team, on the forefront of safe and efficient “bulb eating.” But today, we say why not treat yourself? You deserve an upgrade. Continue reading“Make The Switch to the Bulb Eater® 3 for Increased Efficiency and Safety”

AuthoradminPosted onJuly 18, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterUncategorizedTagsBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyDrum top lamp crusherfluorescent lamp recyclinglamp crusherrecycle CFLsrecycling fluorescent lampsLeave a commenton Make The Switch to the Bulb Eater® 3 for Increased Efficiency and Safety

Taking the Climate Action Plan to the Next Step in Your Facility

A great deal can happen in eight years. When you remember Obama’s presidency, what stands out to you? Fluorescent lamps probably aren’t at the top of your mind, but with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan now in full effect, we’ll see how politics can influence facility management. Continue reading“Taking the Climate Action Plan to the Next Step in Your Facility”

AuthoradminPosted onJuly 11, 2016CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Taking the Climate Action Plan to the Next Step in Your Facility

What You Need to Know Now About Food Waste Diversion

When it comes to food waste, the pressure to remove this waste from landfills is increasing. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that organic waste today represents 30-35% of the existing landfill waste volume. Developing a food waste diversion strategy that works for you, that also reduces your carbon footprint, and benefits your bottom line is an easy comparison when you consider treating that waste on-site using EnviroPure food waste treatment technology.

Continue reading“What You Need to Know Now About Food Waste Diversion”

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Green Key Global Makes Sustainable Tourism Simple

At Air Cycle, we appreciate organizations who promote sustainable tourism practices.  We want to recognize them for the good they’re doing and help spread the word, so others may benefit from using their products and services.

As summer vacations come into full swing and tourism season peaks, we’d like to recognize Green Key Global, a unique company that makes choosing environmentally friendly travel lodging easy. Continue reading“Green Key Global Makes Sustainable Tourism Simple”

AuthoradminPosted onJune 27, 2016CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Green Key Global Makes Sustainable Tourism Simple

Develop Your Corporate Recycling Program in 7 Easy Steps

For corporations with multiple locations, creating a corporate recycling program that can track and manage successful sustainability can be a challenge. With Total Program Management, we’ve made it easy to create, manage, and track your corporate-wide recycling program from a centralized location. Need reports by location? State? Region? Corporate? No problem! Continue reading“Develop Your Corporate Recycling Program in 7 Easy Steps”

AuthoradminPosted onJune 13, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterEasyPak ContainersUncategorizedTagsBulb Eater 3Bulk Universal Waste PickupBulk Waste PickupEasyPak ContainersLamp Recyclingprepaid mail-in recycling containersRecycling for CorporationsTotal Program ManagementUniversal Waste RecyclingUniversal Waste Recycling ReportingLeave a commenton Develop Your Corporate Recycling Program in 7 Easy Steps

How Do Lamp Crushing and Bulk Recycling Work Together?

Is your facility a maze of boxes filled with spent lamps? For large facilities, compliance with state and federal recycling regulations means labeling each container, keeping them closed, and palletizing boxes when full and ready to be picked up. Do you have more lamps than you have room to store them? A drum top fluorescent lamp crusher and our nationwide waste pickup services can save you significant time, space, and money.

Bulb Eater 3

The Bulb Eater 3 is a drum top fluorescent lamp crusher with the power to crush spent bulbs of any length into 100% recyclable material while capturing over 99.99% of the vapors released. Benefits to this revolutionary bulb crusher include: Continue reading“How Do Lamp Crushing and Bulk Recycling Work Together?”

AuthoradminPosted onJune 6, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsBulb EaterBulb Eater 3bulk pickup recycling servicesBulk universal waste recyclingcertificates of recyclingcorporate universal waste recyclingdrum top fluorescent lamp crusherfluorescent lamp crushersLamp Recyclinglarge quantity lamp recyclingLeave a commenton How Do Lamp Crushing and Bulk Recycling Work Together?

Comparing Your Food Waste Treatment Options

Wrap your head around this – nearly one third of all municipal landfill content is organic food waste. The need for a sustainable food waste treatment solution that can be scaled to meet the everyday needs that food waste generators face has never been greater. How do your options stack up? Continue reading“Comparing Your Food Waste Treatment Options”

AuthoradminPosted onMay 23, 2016CategoriesEnviroPure SystemsUncategorizedTagsCost effective food waste solutionsenvironmentally friendly food waste solutionsEnviroPure SystemsFood DehydratorsFood PulpersFood Waste DiversionIndustrial CompostingLeave a commenton Comparing Your Food Waste Treatment Options

Simple Solutions to Complex Recycling Regulations

Tackling the complex problem of universal waste recycling for large organizations can be a daunting task, even with staff specifically trained to deal with such issues. Service organizations such as hotels, colleges, and hospitals don’t generate hazardous materials as a normal course and all too often, these businesses may not be aware of state, local, and federal environmental regulations as traditional manufacturers.

Common workplace waste, such as spent batteriesfluorescent bulbsballasts and electronics are regulated in each state and are generated in such volumes that they cannot be landfilled legally. One fine can easily erode the savings incurred through illegally landfilling regulated waste. Continue reading“Simple Solutions to Complex Recycling Regulations”

AuthoradminPosted onMay 16, 2016CategoriesEasyPak ContainersTagsballast recyclingbattery recyclingEasyPak Containerselectronics recyclingfederal recycling regulationsfluorescent bulb recyclingmail-in recycling programstate recycling regulationsLeave a commenton Simple Solutions to Complex Recycling Regulations

How Air Cycle Solved “Bulb Burden” for Peoria Schools

The Recycling Challenge

The challenges experienced with all K-12 School Districts of any size, like the Peoria Unified School District of Arizona, are managing and the disposal of fluorescent lamp waste. The Peoria School District has over forty campuses and several support facilities that require time, storage space, and associated costs with the proper collection and disposal of intact lamps. Lamps contain mercury and in most cases are considered hazardous. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the management of spent lamps. The Peoria Unified School District reached out to Air Cycle Corporation for answers to the challenges presented to them.

“The problems we were encountering at our school district, was the burden with the amount of used fluorescent lamps being stored. We did not have an in house program for the disposal of fluorescent lamps and the expense of packaging the used lamps to send out for proper disposal was excessive.”

Roy Rose Continue reading“How Air Cycle Solved “Bulb Burden” for Peoria Schools”

AuthoradminPosted onMay 9, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsBulb EaterBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyPeoria Unified School DistrictUniversal Waste Recycling for SchoolsLeave a commenton How Air Cycle Solved “Bulb Burden” for Peoria Schools

Your Comprehensive Recycling Solution – Total Program Management

“I’m looking for innovative tools and services that make compliance with federal and state recycling regulations easy, while providing useful sustainability metrics.”

You’ve come to the right place. At Air Cycle, we’re finding comprehensive solutions to recycling your problematic wastes, including fluorescent lamps, batteries, lighting ballasts, and electronic, as well as food waste. We call it Total Program Management.

If you’re tasked with the responsibility of searching for corporate recycling solutions for your organization, you’re seeking a company with nationwide comprehensive solutions that will provide you with peace of mind and improved operations. Air Cycle is the only sustainable solutions company that offers four unique waste recycling solutions, including: Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Your Green Initiative With Recycling Reporting

When it comes to marketing your green business, there’s more to environmental responsibility than meets the eye. Incorporating green business practices can provide the opportunity to connect with environmentally conscious consumers and businesses. Are you ready to start publicizing your reduced impact? Here’s how to get started. Continue reading“Marketing Your Green Initiative With Recycling Reporting”

AuthoradminPosted onApril 25, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterEasyPak ContainersEnviroPure SystemsUncategorizedTagsBulb Eater 3Bulb RecyclingEasyPak RecyclingEnviroPure SystemsGreen MarketingGreen ReportingHow to Market Your Green InitiativeLamp RecyclingRecycling ReportingLeave a commenton Marketing Your Green Initiative With Recycling Reporting

This Earth Day, Reconsider Landfilling Food Waste

According to recent studies, nearly one third of all municipal landfills are filled with food waste. It may seem like organic waste isn’t such a problem at all. Consider this: that hefty 30% of food waste is delivered to municipal landfills by waste management trucks, greatly increasing our carbon footprint and associated costs.

Continue reading“This Earth Day, Reconsider Landfilling Food Waste”

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How To Safely Seal Your EasyPak VaporShield Containers

At Air Cycle, our products and services are designed to make recycling more convenient, safe, and cost-effective for organizations of all sizes. To ensure the safety of all employees and carriers who handle your EasyPak containers from the moment they hold their first fluorescent bulb, to arriving at a certified recycling facility, it is important to follow all of the instructions included on your EasyPak VaporShield Box. That means not only properly assembling the container, but also making sure that the container is properly sealed before shipment.

Continue reading“How To Safely Seal Your EasyPak VaporShield Containers”

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Bulb Eater 3 Part of UNM Sustainability Program

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO’S RECYCLING PROBLEM

The University of New Mexico is a nationally recognized leader in higher education that prides themselves in their use of 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. Since these lamps contain mercury, proper management and disposal is regulated by the EPA, sending spent lamps to a local landfill was not an option. Continue reading“Bulb Eater 3 Part of UNM Sustainability Program”

AuthorRebecca W.Posted onApril 4, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsBulb Eater 3Green College CampusesGreen UniversitiesRecycling Regulations in New MexicoThe University of New MexicoUNM Green CampusLeave a commenton Bulb Eater 3 Part of UNM Sustainability Program

Bulb Eater 3 Creates a Safer Work Environment

The Bulb Eater 3 drum top fluorescent lamp crusher with Intelli Technology is the most fun you can have disposing of lamps, but it’s also much more. This incredible innovation brings to mind efficiency, compliance, and most of all, safety. Mercury is a nerve poison that, when vaporized, can easily be absorbed into the lungs and blood stream. Federal regulations protect workers, and fines for improper disposal could be as much as $32,000 per occurrence.

Among the many reasons to use the Bulb Eater 3®, which crushes an entire pallet of lamps into a 55-gallon drum, is the reduction of risk and liability associated with improper disposal. EPA studies have shown an estimated 2-3% accidental breakage rate while handling bulbs for pickup, releasing dangerous mercury gas into the work environment. The Bulb Eater 3 reduces labor by up to 20 hours per 1,000 lamps, which reduces time handling bulbs and chances of accidental breakage. Workers are safer, and liability is reduced. Continue reading“Bulb Eater 3 Creates a Safer Work Environment”

AuthorRebecca W.Posted onMarch 29, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyEmployee SafetyFacility SafetySafer Work EnvironmentsLeave a commenton Bulb Eater 3 Creates a Safer Work Environment

Do Travelers Care About Staying With Green Hotels?

According to a survey by FORBES MAGAZINE, 62 percent of travelers either always or often consider the environment when choosing a hotel, transportation, or restaurant. The survey also shows that 69 percent say they plan to make even more eco-friendly choices in the next 12 months. Continue reading“Do Travelers Care About Staying With Green Hotels?”

AuthorRebecca W.Posted onMarch 21, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsGreen Hotel of the YearGreen HotelsGreen TravelSustainable HospitalitySustainable TourismLeave a commenton Do Travelers Care About Staying With Green Hotels?

Renaissance Arlington at Capital View Named Green Hotel of the Year

From the moment you walk through the doors, it is clear that The Renaissance Arlington at Capital View is anything but an average place to stay in the Crystal City. This luxury hotel in Arlington, Virginia is nothing short of luminous, ranked among the top hotels in the area for service. But there is much more to this hotel than meets the eye.

Continue reading“Renaissance Arlington at Capital View Named Green Hotel of the Year”

AuthorRebecca W.Posted onMarch 7, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsGreen Hotel of the YearLEED certified hotelsMarriott HotelsRenaissance Arlington at Capital ViewVirginia Green TravelVirginia Green Travel Star AwardsLeave a commenton Renaissance Arlington at Capital View Named Green Hotel of the Year

Environmental Protection Names Bulb Eater 3 New Product of the Year

Air Cycle is proud to announce that the Bulb Eater 3 was chosen from the most innovative products around the globe to be named the Environmental Protection New Product of the Year in 2015. Each year, Environmental Protection’s contest attracts product entries in nine award categories, including health & safety/cleanup, water, wastewater, software/SaaS, and air quality & climate. Continue reading“Environmental Protection Names Bulb Eater 3 New Product of the Year”

AuthorRebecca W.Posted onFebruary 25, 2016CategoriesBulb EaterTagsBulb Eater 3Bulb Eater 3 with Intelli TechnologyEnvironmental ProtectionRecycling Product of the YearLeave a commenton Environmental Protection Names Bulb Eater 3 New Product of the Year

It’s Not Too Late to Go Green!

April has been called the cruellest month, but here at Air Cycle we like to think of it as the greenest month! Both Arbor Day (last Friday in April) and Earth Day (April 22) occur in April, resulting in a flurry of green activity.

Continue reading“It’s Not Too Late to Go Green!”

AuthorAaronPosted onMay 10, 2013CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton It’s Not Too Late to Go Green!

Bulb Eater® Repeats Money-Saving Award Win

Air Cycle is pleased to announce that the Bulb Eater® lamp crusher has won a 2013 Money-Saving Product award from Buildings Magazine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Webinar: New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

Last year, the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) enacted a new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). According to OSHA, the update to the HCS “provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.” The update brings the HCS from a “right to know” into a “right to understand” paradigm and is estimated to affect 40 million US workers. Continue reading“Free Webinar: New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard”

AuthorAaronPosted onApril 9, 2013CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Free Webinar: New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard

We’ve Done It! 3 Million Acres of Water Kept Pure

Congratulations! As of March, 2013 our customers have kept over 3 million acres of water free of mercury through their waste recycling efforts! Continue reading“We’ve Done It! 3 Million Acres of Water Kept Pure”

AuthorAaronPosted onMarch 20, 2013CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton We’ve Done It! 3 Million Acres of Water Kept Pure

CFL Premium Bulb Eater® Wins Awards

Air Cycle Corporation is proud to announce that the CFL Premium Bulb Eater® was recently awarded a Building Operating and Management (BOM) Top Products award for 2013. In addition, the machine was recently named the #1 top product requested by readers of American School & University magazine for the second year in a row. Continue reading“CFL Premium Bulb Eater® Wins Awards”

AuthorDanielPosted onFebruary 15, 2013CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton CFL Premium Bulb Eater® Wins Awards

New Pennsylvania E-Waste Law Starts Jan. 24

Beginning January 24, 2013 a new law in Pennsylvania will go into effect that prohibits the disposal of most electronic wastes in landfills through the normal trash system, according to this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Instead, electronics covered by the law will need to be recycled. Continue reading“New Pennsylvania E-Waste Law Starts Jan. 24”

AuthorDanielPosted onJanuary 17, 2013CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton New Pennsylvania E-Waste Law Starts Jan. 24

Free AS&HF Lamp Recycling Webinar Next Week

Air Cycle has partnered with American School & Hospital Facility, a magazine dedicated to enabling the efficient, economic, and green operation of facilities, to produce a webinar about lamp recycling. Continue reading“Free AS&HF Lamp Recycling Webinar Next Week”

AuthorDanielPosted onJanuary 9, 2013CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Free AS&HF Lamp Recycling Webinar Next Week

Happy Holidays from Air Cycle!

On behalf of myself and the Air Cycle team, I’d like to extend our warmest holiday greetings and wish you a very happy New Year! We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with you toward a sustainable world by keeping hazardous wastes out of our environment. Continue reading“Happy Holidays from Air Cycle!”

AuthorDanielPosted onDecember 20, 2012CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Happy Holidays from Air Cycle!

Sign Up for the Free Newsletter!

Want to keep up with current recycling, regulations, and lighting trends? Then sign up for the Air Cycle eNewsletter and join thousands of subscribers for the latest industry news and updates each month! Continue reading“Sign Up for the Free Newsletter!”

AuthorDanielPosted onDecember 15, 2012CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Sign Up for the Free Newsletter!

Find Out the Next Advancement in Mail-Back Recycling

The recent Air Cycle webinar, “The Next Advancement in Mail-Back Recycling” is now available to view on-demand and download.

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AuthorDanielPosted onDecember 1, 2012CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Find Out the Next Advancement in Mail-Back Recycling

Happy America Recycles Day!

Each November 15th is America Recycles Day, and today Air Cycle celebrates with the thousands of Americans who have pledged to recycle their wastes.

Continue reading“Happy America Recycles Day!”

AuthorDanielPosted onNovember 15, 2012CategoriesUncategorizedLeave a commenton Happy America Recycles Day!

Visit Air Cycle @ Greenbuild 2012!

Greenbuild—the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building—attracts thousands of attendees each year with renowned speakers, educational sessions, and forward-thinking exhibitors, including Air Cycle!

 

Join thousands of subscribers for recycling, regulations, and lighting news and updates once a month!

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Jim Slager, Homer School District 33-C

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"I am very satisfied with all the services TCRW performs. They do what they say they are going to do, and they are here when they are scheduled to be here, and their paperwork is easy. Their representative is very helpful and informative about all phases of service."

Hector Rodriguez, Mission CISD

"Excellent value for the money. The Bulb Eater® has immediately helped us reduce lamp storage and create a safer storage environment, while allowing us to add another item to our waste reduction efforts in the City of Auburn."

André Richardson Environmental Services, Auburn, AL