The Mark 2000 (Universal) is one of the most sophisticated crushing units available in the marketplace today – self-contained, easy to operate, and very portable. It is manufactured with an alloyed steel casing, which is completely corrosion resistant. The Mark 2000 can crush any length Straight Fluorescent Light bulb in seconds, and the Mark 2000 Universal model can crush any size Compact Fluorescent Light bulb (CFLs) in seconds. It is designed to eliminate exposure to phosphor dust and mercury vapour from broken light tubes through a built-in carbon absorption system and particle filter, and can be used in hospitals, educational institutions, residential complexes and office buildings, as well as manufacturing, commercial and industrial sites.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) meets all regulartory requirements for the safe use in all institutions, manufacturing plants, office complexes, transit authorties and airports.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) is designed to alleviate safety concerns and restrict potential liabilities from the handling, storage and disposal of spent fluorescent tubes and their associated hazardous waste. With estimates of 267 million fluorescent tubes in use in Canada alone, the Government and Industry Affairs Division of the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) recently concluded that "Fluorescent lamps are hazardous...and members should be prepared to treat the waste as hazardous." However, while there are presently no federal regulations regarding the disposal of fluorescent tubes, there are strict guidelines which relate to the safe and environmentally sound disposal of mercury vapour and phosphor dust, both classified as hazardous materials. A single four foot fluorescent tube contains approximately 22.8 milligrams of mercury, and according to Environment Canada’s Chemical Industry Division, there were 26,000 tons of lamp waste disposed of in landfill sites in Canada in 1992 – which includes 2.4 tons of mercury. In addition, the United States estimates that between 500 and 550 million fluorescent tubes are disposed of annually
Fluorescent tubes can end up in garbage dumpsters, often in cardboard containers, then are crushed or compacted and disposed of in landfill sites. This negates recycling standards in place for cardboard and also circumvents the procedure for eliminating hazardous chemical waste.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) is engineered to reduce the tube’s glass and metal shards from its chemical components, collecting them in heavy duty replaceable plastic bags while filtering the mercury vapour and phosphor dust through specially designed filters. The bags hold up to 60 crushed tubes and can be safely removed, stored in 210L containers, and transported to hazardous waste disposal facilities. This also allows for greater usage of space within the often restrictive confines of maintenance departments due to the compact storage capabilities of the unit.
Traditionally, the storage of spent tubes awaiting disposal has leant itself to potential injury with regard to smashing them, either accidentally or by design. A fluorescent tube which is dropped, knocked, smashed with a hammer or thrown into a dumpster explodes with a terrific force and can shower glass fragments up to a twenty foot radius. In addition, temporary packaging of the glass shards and metal fragments in lightweight garbage bags may also subject a person to injury.
Distributed throughout North & Central America, Iceland, Europe, Australia and Asia, the Mark 2000 offers a safe, efficient and environmentally conscious alternative to the current handling of spent fluorescent lighting tubes with its innovative filtering system, motorized fragmentation technology and waste disposal packaging – leading the way toward a safer workplace and friendlier environment.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) comes with an internal chamber pressure plate sensor that will allow the unit to shut down once the bag has met its full capacity.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) is manufactured with interlocked electrical circuit breakers, which allows automatic shut off if tilted or accidentally upset.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) has two heavy-duty fan cooled motors which filtrates the mercury from the lamps during the crushing process. This Filtration system was designed as a loop system whereby the air is completely recirculated throughout the unit which allows the special designed filters to capture the maximum amount of mercury from the lamps while being crushed. This design was also meant to minimize the risk of mercury exposure if the filters were not changed as recommended.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) was engineered for heavy use with a heavy-duty beater apparatus, which was tested to crush, two to three thousand tubes with no wearing in sight. The reduction chamber with a hinged door allows for easy access for bag mounting and removal.
The unit weighs 88 pounds when empty and with the two large wheels on the rear and two swivel wheels on the front of the unit, this allows for easy handling in the strictest confines.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) is operating in large national companies such as; Air Canada, Pratt & Whitney, Michelin Tire, Bombardier, Kimberly Clarke Pulp Mills, Nova Scotia Power and the Halifax International Airport Authority, Stora Forest Products just to name a few. Many more units are operating in universities in the United States.
The Mark 2000 (Universal) is currently distributed around the world through a distribution network to provide an environmental sound technology to dispose of spent mercury containing fluorescent lamps With the continued concern of mercury entering our nation’s landfill sites, the Mark 2000 (Universal) will lead the way in facilitating spent fluorescent lamp disposal programs abroad.