Air Cycle’s Bulb Eater 3 was chosen from the most innovative products from around the globe to be named the New Product of the Year in 2015 by magazine website Environmental Protection. Each year, Environmental Protection’s contest attracts product entries in nine award categories, including health & safety/cleanup, water, wastewater, software/SaaS, and air quality and climate.
“We are honored to be awarded such a prestigious distinction. We’re grateful to our customers who provided the feedback we needed to make this new machine special. This is the tool they want when dealing with large quantities of mercury-containing lamp wastes,” said Scott Beierwaltes, Air Cycle CEO.
This year’s entrants were evaluated by an independent panel of three highly qualified judges, including Angela Neville, JD, energy law reporter for the Texas Lawyer newspaper and former editor of Environmental Protection, Christopher Pai, a safety management consultant with Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company, and Fred Elliott, a freelance author in Austin, Texas, who writes frequently on occupational safety and environmental protection issues for leading industry publications.
“Our 2015 contest attracted high-quality, innovative entries in every category, which is one more encouraging sign that the environmental marketplace is dynamic and growing,” said Editorial Director, Jerry Laws.
The Bulb Eater pre-crushes lamps on site in a controlled environment which captures 99.99% of vapors released. The resultant crushed lamps reduces transport space by 75%. Air Cycle provides a nationwide pickup service for the lamps to be picked up and then recycled. This new product is the next generation of the Bulb Eater lamp crushing system, crushing straight fluorescent lamps of any length, CFL’s, and u-tube lamps into 100% recyclable material.