Lately it seems that everyone is making an effort to "Go Green!" or "Reduce their Carbon Footprint". Well, we at IAVI care about the environment too and we have been brainstorming for ideas on how we can get our customers involved.
Sure we could ask you to "please think before printing this email" because trees are like the earth's hair... picture a bald, sad, desolate sphere. But we wanted to take it one step farther. IAVI boasts a reputation as a number one source for projector replacement lamps. If you purchase a projector lamp from IAVI think about recycling the old one...
Why Recycle Projector Lamps?
Lamps are hazardous products and need to be treated with great care. The burner in each lamp is pressurised to extreme levels of 200 atmospheres or more and contain hazardous chemicals.
Most front and rear projection LCD / DLP lamps contain mercury which is an extremely toxic heavy metal. Depending on the amount of mercury in the lamp, it may be classified as a hazardous waste. It is recommended that all digital projector lamps be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of through local hazardous waste collection programs or recycling services.
The mercury is contained within the lamp and is not exposed to the environment unless the lamp is broken at the end of its life. The release of mercury is most likely to occur when the lamp is thrown in a garbage truck or a dumpster.
You Can Make a Difference
Recycling your lamps and other universal waste is the right thing to do! As the saying goes "every little bit counts" and keeping hazardous waste out of our landfills and reusing natural resources is a big step towards a sustainable world.
Implementing a lamp, ballast, battery, or electronics recycling program is a simple and practical way to "green" your organization.
Here are some websites you might find useful.
- Project Green AV
"Project Green AV is not your typical Green Initiative. We are committed to bringing together colleagues and consumers involved in the AV industry to learn about, discuss and teach environmentally responsible and cost-effective solutions for AV purchases, installation, new technology and projects."
"Lighting manufacturers, through their trade association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) developed lamprecycle.org to provide a one-stop source of information about recycling lamps (the term used in the lighting industry to refer to all types of light bulbs)."
- EasyPak: Recycling Made Easy
"It's more than just a box. EasyPak containers are the safe and easy way to recycle your facilities' fluorescent bulbs, batteries, ballasts, and electronics. One price includes everything you need, the UN Certified container, shipping to the recycling center, recycling fees, and certificates of recycling. With EasyPak, recycling is simplified to 4 easy steps."