Mercury Lamps

It is estimated that over 600 million fluorescent lamps are discarded each year, releasing about 4 tons of mercury. Small generators account for an estimated 15% of the fluorescent lamps entering the waste stream.

What are you doing with your lighting waste?

Do I Have To Recycle My Lamps?

Mercury Lamps
In January 2000, EPA added lamps to the universal waste rule, which forbids generators of throwing lamps away into municipal or other subtitle D landfills. Universal waste regulations mandate that generators either recycle their lamps or determine and have proof that their lamps are non-hazardous. Generators who fail to comply with these regulations can receive costly fines and have to pay for expensive cleanup costs. Lamp Environmental Industries (LEI) has been servicing companies that generate lighting waste since 1994. LEI makes recycling easy by doing all the paperwork, transportation, and scheduling for its customers. LEI services the Southeast United States and is fully-permitted to accept all types of mercury, PCB, lead, cadmium, chromium (just to name a few) wastes.

The great thing about our recycling process is that nothing is landfilled, everything is recycled: glass, aluminum and mercury… even the cardboard packaging is recycled.

Call us or schedule an audit of our facility and you will see why we are the recycler of choice for your lighting and hazardous waste needs.

Green Tip Lamps

Do I have to recycle the green-tip lamps? They don’t have mercury, right?

You may be surprised to know that the “environmentally friendly” green-tip lamps still contain levels of mercury that would fail the TCLP rendering it a hazardous waste. However, the lamp manufacturers place materials in the lamp that prevent the mercury from showing up during the TCLP.

So what does that mean for my company? That means that your company is sending potentially large amounts of mercury into a municipal landfill if not recycling. If that landfill or the surrounding environment becomes contaminated, your company could be held liable for cleanup costs. See the document “The Truth About TCLP Passing Lamps” for more information.