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Tools and Tips

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, offers a comprehensive Prepaid Recycling Program that is fast and easy to implement for your business or your home.

Visit the 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 EPA website.

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 proper disposal.

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.