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Shining The Light on “FREE” Lighting Recycling

As we have been told throughout our lives “There is no such thing as a FREE lunch”. With that being said, there is no such thing as FREE lighting recycling either. If your lighting distributor is offering you FREE recycling, you can be assured one of two things: The cost of recycling your used products has been built into the price you paid or your distributor is not following the EPA’s rules for proper disposal.

If you think once the hazardous waste has been picked up, it is no longer your responsibility, you need to think again. Listed below are some highlights from the EPA.

Can anyone pick up my burnt out light bulbs from my facilities?

All hazardous waste must be transported by a registered hauler or transporter of hazardous waste. Check with your local EPA office if you have any concerns about your transporter. You may still be liable even after your lamps and ballasts have been picked up if your transporter is not registered and disposes of the lamps or ballasts improperly.

How do I know the lamps I have picked up are disposed of properly? The company that picks up my lamps assures me that they are recycled properly.

To track transported hazardous waste, the EPA requires hazardous waste generators to prepare a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest. The manifest identifies the type and quantity hazardous waste being shipped. Each handler of the waste must sign and keep one copy. When the waste reaches its destination, the owner of that facility returns a copy of the manifest to the hazardous waste generator to confirm that the waste has arrived. In addition, require your contractor to provide you with documentation verifying that the lamps were properly recycled or disposed of in a hazardous waste landfill.

Some may say: Recycling lamps is too expensive, just throw them away.

Under CERCLA (The Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation and Liability Act), owners and operators of facilities and PERSONS disposing of hazardous substances may be held liable for response costs, if there is a release or threat of a release of a hazardous substance into the environment. Fines can reach well over $50,000.00.

The retail center drop off option …

Many people are under the impression that all they have to do, is take their used light bulbs to a retail home center for free recycling. While this is fine for most residential recycling, this option does not provide a certificate of compliance required for businesses or commercial operations; certifying that the lamps have been successfully recycled.

Contact Frontier Lighting for a free 20 page guide to lighting waste disposal. This guide details the proper handling and disposal of PCB containing ballasts and mercury containing lamps.

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Make sure you are compliant with current laws for disposing of mercury containing devices. These items hold your spent lamps, are freight prepaid and include the recycling costs and provide you with a certificate of compliance.

 SUPPLY070 -  Part# 53217
 HOLDS (30) T12 OR (60) T8 48” FLUORESCENT LAMPS.

 SUPPLY099 – Part# 53220
 THE 5 GALLON PAIL HOLDS UP TO 50LBS OF MIXED FLUORESCENT OR HID LAMPS.

 SUPPLY072 – Part# 53219
 HOLDS (15) T12 OR (30) T8 96” FLUORESCENT LAMPS.

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