Recycling your old lamps

Recycling your old lamps it is the law.

Fluorescent bulbs may last a long time but when they die they must be disposed of properly.

CFLs, like all fluorescents, contain a small amount of mercury and must not be thrown into your regular trash.

Fluorescent Lamp: CFLs

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) are the swirley bulbs you're seeing in more and more places.

Disposal properly

HID Lamp:

(High Intensity Discharge) Metal halide (MH) and high pressure sodium (HPS) are two common types of HID lamps.

Recycling is the third R of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Recycling means taking a product or material at the end of its useful life and turning it into a usable raw material to make another product.

We Disposal properly, you can to just call us!

And For your Record

After the package has been processed Briggs Elec will issue a certificate of recycling for your records.

Health Effects: No adverse effects are expected from occasional exposure to broken lamps.

Mercury: EPA’s ENERGY STAR® website contains the following information:
"CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing - an average of 4 milligrams - about the amount that would cover the tip of a ballpoint pen. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury - an amount equal to the mercury in 125 CFLs. Mercury is an essential part of CFLs; it allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (not broken) or in use."

The average four-foot fluorescent lamp, meanwhile, contains around 8 milligrams, or about 60 times less mercury than is contained in a typical 500-milligram fever thermometer. With such small amounts of mercury, therefore, broken lamps would appear to pose virtually no risk of harm. Legal requirements for disposal vary, however, and in some jurisdictions mercury-added lamps are prohibited from disposal in landfills or incinerators.

Phosphor: A five-year study of phosphor by the Industrial Hygiene Foundation of the Mellon Institute found no significant adverse effects, either by ingestion, inhalation, skin contact, or eye implant. Also, there have been no significant adverse effects on humans by any of these routes during the many years of its manufacture or use. The phosphor is somewhat similar to the inert calcium phosphate-fluorides that occur in nature. Phosphor is not phosphorous. Heavy metals were removed from phosphor fifteen years ago or more. At the end of lamp life mercury is attached to these phosphors.

Universal Waste Rule Requirements: Under the EPA universal waste rule, a lamp that does not pass the TCLP test and is broken must be cleaned up and placed in a container. The container must be closed, structurally sound, compatible with lamps, and lacking any evidence of spillage. This advice is applicable to any mercury-containing lamp. In some States, Universal Waste status is lost when lamps are broken and must be handled as a full hazardous waste. It is important to check with your local, state, or federal office for the latest update in regulatory status.

EPA's criminal enforcement program uses stringent sanctions, including jail sentences, to promote deterrence and help ensure compliance in order to protect human health and the environment. Criminal enforcement is often used against the most serious environmental violations as well as those which involve egregious negligence or conduct involving intentional, willful or knowing disregard of the law

Compliance with the nation's environmental laws is the goal or the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. However, enforcement is a vital part of encouraging the regulated community to meet their environmental obligations. Enforcement deters those who might otherwise profit from violating the law, and levels the playing field with environmentally compliant companies.

EPA's civil, cleanup, and criminal enforcement programs work with the Department of Justice, state, and Tribal governments to take legal that bring polluters into compliance with federal environmental laws. The Agency focuses on actions that reduce the most significant risks to human health or the environment.

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