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Why Recycle Fluorescent Lamps?

Mercury, a common component in fluorescent lamps, is a neurotoxin that is released into the air or ground water from landfills and can be ingested by living organisms. At high concentrations, this can be very dangerous and can harm the developing brains of children and infants. In adults, exposure can lead to memory loss and affect fertility and blood pressure. Environmental threat and EPA regulations require fluorescent lamp recycling.

Environmental Impact

A fluorescent lamp consists of a glass shell, a high vacuum, a small amount of liquid mercury and evaporated mercury, some phosphor powder, metal end-caps and heated filaments. A single 4 ft. fluorescent tube contains anywhere from 5 to 50 mg. of mercury. When lamps are sent to landfills, or especially when incineration is used as an alternative disposal method, mercury vapors are released that can travel over 200 miles!

In an effort to make recycling as easy as possible, Capital Electric has partnered with Air Cycle Corporation to provide a simple, turn-key solution for your lamp, ballast, battery, and electronics recycling needs.

Capital Electric’s Blueway Program

Through BlueWay, we strive to be pioneers in bringing new energy-efficient products to the market. We partner with our suppliers to deliver innovative sustainable solutions to our customers, and we’ve assembled a comprehensive package of products and services that support the environment and our customers’ bottom line.

Our BlueWay program offers:

  • A central platform for procurement of recycling services for lamps, ballasts, batteries and electronic waste
  • Management, measurement and marketing capabilities
  • A continuously updated spreadsheet of all recycling efforts by individual property or entire portfolio to customer
  • Instant access to recycling at individual properties or entire portfolios
  • A dedicated website for environmental messaging with presentations, state by state regulations, and much more
  • The Bulb-Eater – onsite lamp crusher

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EasyPak Pre-Paid Recycling Containers

This program is typically used by smaller facilities or facilities where storage is limited. The program is simple, requires little paperwork and is a practical option for facilities nationwide.

EasyPak containers have instructions, complete with illustrations, printed on them to make recycling as easy as possible. The price includes everything you need – the container, shipping to the recycling center via FedEx Ground, recycling fees and certificates of recycling.

Containers can be picked up the same day and be shipped one at a time using very little storage space.

Bulb Eater® On-Site Lamp Crusher

The BulbEater not only crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material, it also minimizes the need for storage and risk of breakage.

The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1350 4' fluorescent lamps. This allows for relatively large quantities of lamps to be stored without using much storage space.

The "Nationwide Bulk Pick-Up" service is used once the drums are full and ready for pick-up.

Nationwide Bulk Pick-ups 

We offer recycling services and transportation throughout the continental United States to help our customers properly recycle lamps, ballasts, batteries and electronics. These wastes are palletized and shrink wrapped prior to pick-up.

These are great for properties with large quantities of waste and enough available storage space for at least one pallet to be stored.

"Nationwide Bulk Pick-Up Services"

Automated Recycling Reports

You can measure participation and your corporate environmental impact! These reports provide:

  • Unique reports for each location
  • Text and visual reporting
  • Instant impact measurement

For More Information

To further discuss how we can help you with your environmental programs, please contact us at lamprecycling@capitalelectricsupply.com.