University of Arkansas Saves $20,000 a Year With The Bulb Eater

In honor of Earth Day, the University of Arkansas Little Rock's Physical Plant shows students what they're doing to go green by putting to work the Bulb Eater® lamp crushing machine.

UALR employee Vince Rodgers  says there's a lot that goes into disposing fluorescent lamps. "There are elements in the bulbs such as, aluminium, mercury and phosphor powders that would go into the landfill." Until recently the physical plant at UALR boxed and shipped old fluorescent lamps to be recycled. Now, those lamps are sent down a tube. The Bulb Eater® crushes the blown out lamps and consolidates the waste. Rodgers says the machine is a win win situation. "It's good for the environment and it's good for us. It does two things, it saves space rather than keeping these boxes around and it saves money."

UALR purchased the Bulb Eater for around $3,600. The machine alone will save the university $20,000 a year. Rodgers says it's also a time-saver. "It will take 1 minute to recycle bulbs versus boxing that takes upwards of an hour."

UALR student Simone Lewis likes the Bulb Eater® idea. "I think it's awesome that our generation can change the movement. It's just amazing that they say young people are the future and we're doing something about it." It's a simple concept that's making quite a bit of noise. Lewis says she's proud of her university: "It's getting our name out there and we're just doing something to help our environment. I don't know how many other campuses are doing that."  UALR also held other events around campus today. Tire pressure checks and electronic recycling are all a part of the Earth Day events.

Note: Once Bulb Eater® drums are full with crushed lamp material, they should be picked up through Air Cycle's nationwide bulk program for recycling. Call 855-501-8600 with any questions that you may have.