Fluorescent Lamp Environmental Impact
Over 60 million fluorescent tubes and lamps are replaced each year in Canada with only around 7 percent being recycled. Each one of these tubes and lamps contain mercury. Most four foot tubes or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) contain anywhere from 4 - 50 milligrams of mercury each. Now that may not seem like much, but that may be about 580 pounds of mercury per year in Canada alone that seeps into our groundwater.
Animals and humans alike may ingest mercury allowing it into the blood stream, body tissue and organs. Mercury remains in our body and does not dissipate. It is a known carcinogen (cancer causing substance) which has long term health and potentially life threatening effects.
We have the solution to this environmental disaster! It is the E-Lampinator which safely captures all mercury vapour as it crushes any type of fluorescent bulb or tube. You can provide excellent stewardship of our planet through the complete recycling of mercury and other lighting components using our unique cradle to grave approach.
Environmental Impact from Batteries
Did you know that over 250 000 tons of household batteries are sold in North America per year?
Did you also know that over 90% of them end up in landfills or simply buried?
This is a major problem for a couple of reasons:
- Household batteries contain certain substances that are harmful to the environment including Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) that pollute our Earth. Millions of tons of these batteries are currently buried, decaying over time and seeping toxins into our soil and groundwater.
- Household batteries can be fully recycled, capturing Zinc and Manganese. All parts of the batteries are reused back into industry. By supporting the recycling of these batteries, you are doing your part in reducing waste.
Talk to your local Government and pressure them to start up a municipal Household Battery Recycling Program.
Because of the toxicity of sulfuric acid, as well as the toxicity and value of lead, the recycling of Lead-Acid Batteries is one of the most successful recycling programs in the world. It is estimated that 97% of all Lead-Acid Batteries in the U.S. and Canada are currently being recycled. Edmonds plays a huge factor in this, recycling close to 6 million lbs or 160 000 batteries per year. Also whenever possible we refurbish and re-sell close to 5000 batteries per year.
If you laid all of these batteries end to end, they would span 44km or about 27 miles or 144 375 feet.
This equates to:
481 football fields
722 hockey rinks
100 Empire State Buildings
at over 7.5 million cubic feet of recycled Lead-Acid batteries….enough to fill 87 Olympic Sized swimming pools
That’s a lot of batteries kept out of landfills!
In 7 years and 9 months, we would have recycled enough batteries to reach the International Space Station if laid end-to-end.