Here are a few helpful tools and tips for the proper places and
guidelines for recycling bulbs, lamps and ballasts
Where Can I Recycle Ballasts and Light Bulbs?
There are currently only twenty six places in the United States where bulbs and ballasts can be
recycled, but there should be at least one type of recycling plant in your area. You may
also find local hardware stores and shops offer disposal sites. And remember, Bulbs.com
offers a comprehensive Prepaid Recycling Program that is fast and easy to implement for
your business or your home.
EPA website recycling pages or
for a complete listing of all the collection and recycling locations in your area.
EPA Compliance Guidelines
Improper disposal of fluorescent bulbs and ballasts containing mercury could have
major environmental and human health repercussions. To avoid environmental
contamination and health hazards, it is imperative that you follow the EPA guidlines for
bulb and ballast recycling.
You'll find a complete list of EPA guidelines on how to dispose of light bulbs containing mercury on the
Potential Risks to Businesses for Non-Compliance
In addition to being bad for the environment, improper disposal of fluorescent bulbs and ballasts
can also be bad for business. That's because many corporations and business owners are unaware of
new or existing laws that not only mandate the use of energy-efficient products, but also their
Consequences for non-compliance include fines, which can often be hefty, and disruption of business
operations due to frequent government inspections. Depending on the magnitude of the non-compliance
issue, a business could potentially even be shut down temporarily or permanently.
While awareness and compliance of fluorescent bulb and ballast recycling is a must, requirements
and regulations vary from state to state. For a complete listing of the fluorescent bulb and ballast
recycling requirements, contact federal, state and local agencies in your area.