What is a bulb eater?
It may not be as colorful as the one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people-eater, but it’s way more earth friendly. As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, the Alaska Cruise Association donated Bulb Eaters® to nine Alaska communities.
A Bulb Eater® is a fluorescent bulb recycling system that has been successfully used for years on cruise ships in Alaska and has proven to be a safe way to dispose of used fluorescent bulbs. The machine not only crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100 percent recyclable material, it also captures more than 99.99 percent of the vapors released.
Cruise ships are some of the world’s most comprehensive recyclers. All waste materials aboard the ships are recycled, incinerated or offloaded and disposed of in approved shoreside facilities. Materials to be recycled are compacted, crushed or baled and stored on the ships until they are turned over to an approved vendor for disposal.
One line donates its crushed aluminum to the Boy Scouts in Juneau, another offloads its used cooking oil for use as biofuel, and others donate used bedding to various non-profits.In Vancouver, B.C., Tymac Launch Service has the contract to service the ships that homeport there for the summer. Tymac typically removes 42 tons of aluminum during a season, along with 261 tons of cardboard and 207 tons of scrap metal, and sends 22 loads of wood to the recyclers.
Each week it hands over an average of six large boxes of printer and toner cartridges to the Vancouver Food Bank. The cartridges are sold to a recycler for a small fee.