Quick Facts

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is required by law by the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is not allowed in Maine
  • Bulk recycling pickups are allowed in Maine

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Recycling Options Available in Maine


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Detailed Maine 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)


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: Maine

Generator Exemption (CESQG): No CESQG exemption

Where can waste from CESQG go? Waste must be recycled

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

Other stringency or exemptions? same


State Regulatory Contacts


Stacy Ladner - Environmental Scientist

Agency Address: Dept. of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, Division of Oil and Hazardous Waste Facilities Regulation, Ray Bldg, Station 17, Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: (207) 287-2651

Email: stacy.a.ladner@maine.gov



Chris Evans - Environmental Scientist

Phone: (207) 287-5514

Area of Responsibility: General Questions


Diana Mckenzie - Environmental Scientist

Phone: (207) 287-2651

Area of Responsibility: General Questions


John James - Policy Director

Phone: (207) 287-2651

Area of Responsibility: Mercury switch collection program


Mike Hudson - Environmental Scientist

Phone: (207) 287-2651

Area of Responsibility: Enforcement


DEP, Bureau of Oil and Hazardous Material Control Main Phone Number

Phone: (207) 287-7688


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