The Bulb Eater's Environmental and Cost-Saving Contribution to Ontario Hospital Facility

This video was independently produced by journalist Tori Stafford as a feature on the BGH redevelopment project.

Belleville General Hospital in Belleville, Ontario is currently undergoing a 175,000 sq. ft. expansion. The new space means that the hospital will need even more fluorescent lamps to provide lighting, and ultimately will need to find a way to safely and efficiently dispose of an average of 500 mercury-containing bulbs per month.  Ken Paradise, manager of facility services at the hospital found the perfect solution: The Bulb Eater.

The Bulb Eater crushes fluorescent tubes into a 55 gallon drum while removing all harmful mercury vapors from the bulbs.  It cuts down substantially on the need for storage space, saves time over packing lamps into boxes, and helps cut recycling costs.  The response at Belleville General, according to Paradise, has been "unbelievable."  He says, "It works great  and I haven't seen anybody that doesn't like it.  It's cut down on the handling of the bulbs...you're basically saving a five ton truck worth of boxes of bulbs." Paradise also noted the environmental benefits of the machine: "It removes 99.9% of the mercury vapor."