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800-558-1166

3055 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304

Lamp Recyclers Inc.
serves the Midwest
United States:
Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Illinois, Indiana,
and Michigan.

NEWS

Low Mercury
vs. No Mercury

People often ask us where regulatory agencies and bulb manufacturers stand on the issue of recycling low-mercury lamps. For the answer, we went right to sources, and what they had to say may surprise you....

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What happens
if I don't recycle?

National consumption of mercury-containing fluorescent and HID lamps exceeds 650 million annually. Their disposal results in over 28,000 pounds of mercury entering our environment. Spent lighting products are the second largest source of mercury contamination in our country's municipal solid waste system...

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Ballasts

Ballast RecyclingFluorescent and HID ballasts contain a small capacitor that may contain high concentrations of PCBs. The primary concern regarding the disposal of of used fluorescent ballasts is the health risk associated with the PCBs.

PCB ballasts are regulated under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and CERCLA (also known as Superfund). Generators of PCB-containing ballasts may incur Superfund liability by disposing of PCB ballasts in a dumpster or landfill.

Lamp Recyclers sends all PCB-containing ballasts to an approved facility for decommissioning. The capacitor is removed for high-temperature incineration. The remaining raw material such as copper and steel, is returned to the market place. Once the capacitor has been incinerated, a certificate will be issued releasing the generator from all liability.


Documentation

Lamp Recyclers Inc. keeps on file a Certificate of Recycling for all ballasts, PCB and Non-PCB.


Ballast Shipping

Ballasts that contain PCBs must be shipped in a covered drum. Contact Lamp Recyclers for UN Approved drums designed for the storage and transport of your waste ballasts.