The Bulb Eater crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100 percent recyclable material while capturing more than 99.99 percent of the vapors released. The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon drum, can hold up to 1,350 4-foot fluorescent lamps.
When a lamp is fed into the machine’s entry tube, it is crushed to pieces in roughly one second—whether straight or u-tube. The Bulb Eater’s filtration system pulls the contaminated air out of the drum to filter the released powder and mercury vapor. Contaminated air goes through a two-stage filtering process: The first stage captures more than 99 percent of the released dust particulate, and the second stage HEPA filter acts as a polishing filter and captures more than 99.99 percent of the remaining particulate. The mercury vapor is then blown through the third filter that contains carbon, which neutralizes it by converting the vapor to mercuric sulfide, which is non-hazardous. For a video overview, click here.
- The side-mounted dust-filter unit contains the highest quality HEPA filter available.
- Reduces labor by 20 hours per 1,000 lamps versus boxing spent lamps for pickup.
- A safety control panel monitors seven aspects of the machine to better ensure operator safety.
- A recent study showed non-detectable levels of escaped mercury vapor even after crushing 1,500 lamps.
- Minimizes storage space by 80 percent versus boxed lamps.
- Reduces handling and related labor costs.
- Typically reduces recycling costs by 50 percent or more.
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Approval, Certifications, Patents
Compliant with U.S. EPA and OSHA regulations for lamp disposal.
Air Cycle Corp.