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Quick Facts

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is highly recommended by the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment and is required for many facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in Colorado
  • Crushed bulbs are considered universal waste in Colorado
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Colorado

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Recycling Options Available in Colorado

THE BULB EATER

Crushes fluorescent lamps of any size while removing mercury vapors. Reduces labor, recycling costs, and storage vs. packing lamps.

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EASYPAK RECYCLING CONTAINERS

Fill up containers with bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste at your own pace and mail back via prepaid shipping.

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BULK RECYCLING PICKUPS

For larger amounts of bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste. Trucks come pick up waste at your location for recycling.

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Detailed Colorado Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

The stringency table below provides examples of state regulations compared to the EPA regulations. We strongly recommend that you discuss stringency with your primary state regulatory contact. This information should not be interpreted as definitive legal guidance. This document was produced in June 2004, and we do not guarantee its accuracy after that date, as state policies may change at any time.

("same" means the state policy is the same as the federal policy)

Confused about terminology (CESQG, UW, TCLP, etc.)? Refer to this glossary for help.

 

Jurisdiction: Federal EPA

Generator Exemption (CESQG): Generators producing less than 100 kg (220 pounds) of hazardous waste (HW) or 1 kg acute HW in each month, including all HW generated. CESQGs are exempt from federal rules, but not exempt from liability (40 CFR 261.5)

Where can waste from CESQG go? Waste may go to any Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF)

Can the waste be declared non-hazardous, based on TCLP? Wastes that test less than 0.2mg/l soluble mercury are not considered hazardous under federal rules.

Other stringency or exemptions? Crushing can only be done by generator (40 CFR 262.34); crushed waste that is not UW- must be managed as RCRA HW. Crushing not allowed within federal UWR, but may be within State UW regulations. No one may crush third-party lamps without treatment authorization [1]. No mobile treatment units.

 

Jurisdiction: Colorado

Generator Exemption (CESQG): CESQGs must identify their HW

Where can waste from CESQG go? Waste must be recycled or go to RCRA Sub-C facility

Can the waste be declared non-hazardous, based on TCLP? same

Other stringency or exemptions? Crushing by generator allowed as UW.

 

State Regulatory Contacts

PRIMARY CONTACT

Customer Technical Assistance

Agency Address: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, 4300 Cherry Creek Dr S, Denver, CO 80246

Phone: (303) 692-3320

Email: [email protected]

 

SECONDARY CONTACTS

Toll Free Number

Phone: 888-569-1831 ext. 3320

 

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