Fill up containers with bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste at your own pace and mail back via prepaid shipping.
For larger amounts of bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste. Trucks come pick up waste at your location for recycling.
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 . No mobile treatment units.
Generator Exemption (CESQG): No CESQG exemption
Where can waste from CESQG go? Waste must go to RCRA Sub-C facility or state equivalent recycler
Can the waste be declared non-hazardous, based on TCLP? No, waste cannot be declared non-hazardous
Other stringency or exemptions? Crushing by generator requires permit
Melissa Wenzel - Pollution Control Specialist
Agency Address: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Customer Assistance, 520 Lafayette Rd St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 296-5763
Tom Townsend - Engineer
Phone: (651) 297-8375
Area of Responsibility: Compliance agreements for recycling facilities
John Gilkeson - Problem Materials Program, Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
Phone: (651) 215-0199
MPCA Main Number
Phone: (651) 296-6300 or (800) 657-3864