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Don‘t Toss Those Fluorescent Light Bulbs!

November 9th, 1999 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, non-functioning fluorescent light bulbs are classified as hazardous waste due to their mercury content. Effective in January 2000, the EPA has defined these bulbs as Universal Waste to encourage proper waste collection and disposal of these bulbs. Now that there will be an official procedure for bulb disposal, more companies are expected to offer disposal options. We recommend that you collect your used bulbs in the original sleeve or an appropriate container, and have them hauled as Universal Waste to a permitted disposal facility. Contact your disposal company to get their recommended package options.

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