A Reminder From: Globus Electric Inc.

Are You Aware Of The Fines For Discarding Toxic Components?

As your facility's manager trying to lower costs related to lighting and energy, your first thought is to replace your old and burned out inefficient fluorescent lamps with the new, longer lasting, more efficient lamps being manufactured today. Of course, this will increase efficiencies, though you have to remember that the old lamps must be disposed of properly due to their toxic components.

With their high mercury content, fluorescent lamps are hazardous and their disposal is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Due to the amount of mercury found in lamps and the impact that mercury has on the landfill and surrounding acres, landfills are getting increasingly negative about accepting these for disposal. Mercury is highly toxic to your nervous system and, more importantly, poisonous to your kidneys, so all disposals become a particular concern.

Recycling has become the suggested method of disposal, since there are over 600 million fluorescent lamps discarded in the United States alone each year. This minimizes the future liability of your facility while helping to protect the environment. The EPA has already accessed fines in excess of $250,000.

Discarded fluorescent lamps found in landfills and traced back to your facility, may be subject to retroactive clean-up costs under the EPA regulations. Because of this clean-up risk, smaller facilities must now become familiar with the same rules that many larger facilities have been following for years.

Producers of old lamps who currently recycle will usually repackage their old lamps in boxes or drums. Even though this method works well for some facilities, repackaging is labor intensive and very expensive since it uses expensive production space. Larger facilities are looking for alternatives that are more efficient while still complying with state and federal regulations.

To reduce this demand on labor and space, facilities are turning to newer technologies where the lamps are crushed on-site, using containers that filter the dust and mercury vapors that are released during crushing. By crushing your lamps safely, you'll be able to reduce the storage space and labor needed for repackaging.

After your lamps are crushed or boxed, they will be picked up and taken to a recycling center where the mercury rich phosphors are separated from the glass and the metal end caps. The cleaned glass and the metal end caps are separated, then sold, and reused. The powders are heated and the liquid mercury is separated and sold in its liquid form.

In light of all these regulations and fines, Globus Electric will handle the recycling of all your used lamps during every major re-lamping done at your facility. Even if you presently have lamps that have been repackaged and are sitting in your expensive production space, you may call us to handle the removal and recycling.

You're ready now to make the commitment for better safety and protection, so why wait?

Pick up your today and call Globus Electric Inc. for a No Obligation Consultation and Quote.

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