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Facts Show How and Why Bulb Recycling Plan Works

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A fluorescent lamp recycling program will impact the average property operating expense budget by less than one-tenth of one percent.

Waste is lost raw material, lost product, lost resource, and lost profit. Generating significant amounts of waste is not sustainable for today's society. The accelerating pressures on natural resources, impact of new technology on resource use, increasing waste generation and the need for more sustainable approaches to using natural resources represent new challenges to our society.

For over 20 years, the recycling of paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and other materials have been a part of waste management practices for property and facility managers. As space utilization and consumption patterns of our building occupants change with new technologies, the efficient use of non-renewable resources and the proper disposal of environmentally sensitive waste are having a greater impact on service and operations.

The EPA recently started an outreach program into all segments of industry to assist businesses with the goal of minimizing the toxicity of generated waste and expand recycling. The National Waste Management Program supports efforts that promote reductions in the amounts and toxicity of generated waste. In April 2004, the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) Program was expanded to focus on reducing the amount of chemicals found in waste. This program encourages public and private organizations to form voluntary partnerships with EPA to reduce the use or release of any of thirty one priority chemicals, such as lead and mercury. These metals are found in fluorescent lamps, batteries and electronic products.

In January 2005, Trammell Crow Co. began an initiative to recycle fluorescent lamps throughout the MidAtlantic Division, which constitutes over 270 properties located in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia and totaling over 22 million square feet of office, retail, warehouse and light industrial uses.

It was important to identify and retain professional advisory services to provide regulatory guidance for each state involved, and possesses the capacity to source different program options for properties of various uses. The type and current use for each property was the most significant factor in determining an efficient recycling program. Esquire Environmental Services, Inc. was selected due to their ability to offer both environmental regulatory consulting services and recycling solutions and programs.

All treatment and recycling protocols are managed through EPA approved, licensed and permitted facilities. These facilities directly provide customers with all necessary certifications to document compliance.

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