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Proper Disposal of Mercury-Containing Lamps and Devices
1. Mercury-containing lamps and devices are a very large source of mercury in the waste stream.
2. Examples of MCLs and MCDs are fluorescent lamps, thermostats, and thermometers.
items are useful in everyday life, mercury can be dangerous to
the environment when
There are state
approved mercury recovery facilities. These facilities can be
utilized to dispose of
federal law, MCLs must first be tested to see whether they are
6. Do not dispose of mercury-containing lamps or devices in the trash.
Lamps known to
be low-mercury or high-intensity discharge lamps are still
required to be tested
are required to be disposed of in a hazardous waste landfill or
sent to a lamp
9. The average cost to recycle fluorescent lamps is $0.10 per foot.
10. The average cost to recycle an HID lamp is $2.50 per lamp.
cost to dispose of a fluorescent lamp at a hazardous waste
landfill ranges from 25-50
Lamps must be
properly stored, packaged, and transported to recycling or
disposal facilities in
All containers of hazardous materials must be labeled correctly.
Lamps should be stored so as to be safe from breakage.
can also be bought to crush lamps in house before disposal.
These should be used
Usage of Fluorescent Lamp Crushers
crushing equipment can potentially save money on transportation
be used carefully because mercury vapor is tasteless, odorless,
crushers (including frequent filter changes) is required and all
operators must be
4. Generators are allowed to use drum-top lamp crushers if:
The lamps are to be recycled.
The lamps enter their final container straight from the crushing equipment.
The lamps are crushed in a controlled manner to ensure that mercury vapor is not released.
the crusher are trained in its use and can comply with the
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