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Solutions for Fluorescent Bulbs, Batteries, Ballasts, and Electronic Waste

October 28, 2011
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Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste contain mercury, lead, metals, and other materials which have a harmful effect on the environment if not recycled. Many states have passed landfill bans for mercury-containing products and issue penalties for infringement of these regulations. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are compliant with legal regulations for disposal in addition to protecting our environment. Recycling your lamps and obtaining a Certificate of Recycling is a guaranteed way to avoid fines and costly enforcement action. Featured below are the options Air Cycle provides for recycling fluorescent bulbs, batteries, ballasts, and electronic waste:

Bulb Eater®

The Bulb Eater® on-site lamp crusher crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material while capturing over 99.99% of the vapors released.

*NEW PRODUCT: Now you can crush both CFL''s and straight fluorescent lamps! The CFL Premium Bulb Eater can hold up to 3,000 CFLs or 1350 T8 4'' lamps. Learn more at AirCycle/CFL Premium.

Bulb Eater® Advantages:

  • Eliminate Storage Hassles: Reduce storage space for lamps by crushing over 1350 T8 4'' lamps per 55-gallon drum

  • Reduce Handling: Handle your spent bulbs once. Save roughly 20 hours of labor per 1000 lamps by crushing rather than boxing the lamps!

  • Safer Work Environment: EPA studies show an estimated 2-3% accidental breakage rate while boxing lamps prior to pick-up. The 0.001% emission rate from the Bulb Eater® system provides for less mercury vapor emission. Your workers are safer and your liability is reduced!

  • Cut Costs: By pre-crushing the lamps, facilities are able to save money on their lamp recycling costs. Savings are typically anywhere from a dime to $1 per lamp!

  • Nationwide Recycling Program: Fully permitted trucks are used for transportation and Certificates of Recycling are provided once the lamps are recycled.


Fast, convenient recycling by mail, EasyPak™ pre-paid recycling containers are the safe and easy way to recycle your facilities'' fluorescent bulbs, batteries, ballasts, and electronics. One price includes everything you need: the UN Certified container, shipping to the recycling center, recycling fees, and Certificates of Recycling.

Program Features:

  • Automatic Re-ordering: Return a full container for recycling, and a replacement container will automatically be shipped to you.

  • Recycling Reports: Access live visual reporting based on the amount of waste recycled at your facility. Track progress, set goals, and email reports.

  • Certificates of Recycling: Download Certificates of Recycling from your personal account 24/7. Stay in compliance at all times.

  • Container Tracking: Perfect for multiple facilities, container tracking gives managers the ability to quickly determine container status.

Bulk Pickup Recycling Services

Need to transport large amounts of intact or crushed waste? For larger facilities (over 150,000 square feet), Bulk Pickups can be the most cost-effective overall recycling solution. Bulk pickups can handle unlimited quantities of fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, and electronic waste. Simply contact Air Cycle, schedule a pickup, and the waste is transported to regionally located recycling centers. After the waste is recycled, Online Recycling Reports are generated and available 24/7; perfect for facility management reviews, "green" marketing initiatives, and more.

Start Saving Today! Learn more at or call 800-909-9709 for information and pricing.

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