Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: for Cookie Monster, it is cookies, for the Bulb Eater it is florescent light tubes.
A company called Aircycle Corporation of Lisle, Illinois, has designed a contraption allowing companies to safely dispose of flourescent bulbs of any length and shape, including U-shaped and CFL varieties. The Bulb Eater has been designed to attach to a 55 gallon drum and holds up to 1,350 crushed 4 foot lamps.
According to the manufacturer, Bulb Eater Lamp Crusher reduces labor costs by up to 20 hours per 1,000 lamps and up to 50% on recycling costs and the storage space that would normally be taken up becomes available for other uses.
Keeping Employees Safe From Toxic Substances In Florescent Bulbs
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states 2% to 3% of old florescent lamps are broken as they are stored prior to pick up for disposal and release mercury vapor into the air, an obvious health hazard for workers. The Bulb Eater captures 99.99% of vapors released as lamps are crushed and the most advanced HEPA filters capture particulate matter. The company estimates savings of from $.10 to $1 per lamp over manual disposal or other methods.
The following video shows that the Bulb Eater is every bit as efficient at eating florescent light tubes as Cookie Monster is at eating mouthfuls of delicious cookies:
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