The next time you walk through a large building or warehouse, look up at the ceiling to see what kind of lighting is used. Often, you will see rectangular plastic covers holding long tubes, U-shaped fluorescent lights, or even the bare tubes themselves. Then, notice if there are any bulbs that are no longer providing light and think of how they are disposed of once they go dark.
If you are a business owner or operator that utilizes fluorescent bulbs, you are probably already aware of the problems that come with disposing of them. Usually, the process includes taking the tubes out of their holder and placing them in a box where they sit until they are picked up. This eats up valuable space in your business that could be better used for work, production or storage of goods your want to sell. Also, it costs money to get rid of those bulbs. Now, with an ingenious product called the Bulb Eater 3 by Aircycle Corporation, you can literally eat through your fluorescent bulb disposal problem in a way that is quick, safe, and environmentally friendly, while saving you time and money.
Safer and Green Way to Solve Your Fluorescent Bulb Disposal Problem
Many companies today are attempting to operate in a way that is greener, or better for the environment. With products like the Bulb Eater 3, businesses can take a big environmentally friendly step in the way they dispose of fluorescent bulbs. Recycling programs have been developed to utilize materials recovered from fluorescent bulbs, and will even offer special Certificates of Recycling when disposed of properly with a nationwide recycling program.
Why Safe Disposal is so important…
One of the dangers of fluorescent bulb disposal is the harmful mercury they contain, which is released upon breaking. The mercury has been liked to health issues including birth defects, convulsions and blurred vision. With the Bulb Eater 3, roughly 99.99% of harmful gases are trapped safely in the machine, making it better for the environment and workers alike, in addition to any visitors that may be subject to such vapors.
Additionally, since the original Bulb Eater 3 was developed, more safety features have been added, such as a safety control panel that allows the machine’s operator to better monitor use.
How the Bulb Eater 3 Saves Space and Money
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there is a specific process for the way fluorescent bulbs must be disposed. This often leads to boxes of the used bulbs taking up valuable space in warehouses and work spaces, which are a pain to store and move. Additionally, the boxes can still fall and bulbs will break, which will no longer be picked up by disposal services because of the contamination of the mercury vapors. Additionally, a specific process is required to collect all of the harmful mercury. See the EPA instructions for cleanup here. Crushing the bulbs properly with a fluorescent bulb disposal system like the Bulb Eater 3 will save space and keep your building safe.
Yes – It actually eats bulbs!
The 55-gallon drum attached to the Bulb Eater is expected to allow about 1,350 tubes to be crushed within. It is a simple process that involves inserting the bulb through a tube, which can be operated by only one worker. This saves money on labor costs when it comes to fluorescent bulb disposal. Generally, it costs about $3 per bulb to dispose of them with a traditional service. Recycling with the Bulb Eater 3 brings that figure down to around $0.30 per bulb, which is a significant savings for any business.
The manufacturer estimates that using the Bulb Eater 3 saves about 20 hours of work for every 1000 bulbs. For large businesses that use these bulbs often, that is a major labor cost savings. Additionally, companies that safely crush fluorescent bulbs in an environmentally friendly manner can receive discounts on their removal. If you’re like most business owners, you don’t want to waste the slightest amount of time, money and space in your building, warehouse or facility. Instead, you can easily utilize a safe and environmentally friendly fluorescent bulb disposal system like the Bulb Eater 3. Check out the video below, to see the Bulb Eater 3 in action!