Quick Facts

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is highly recommended by the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection and is required for many facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in New Jersey
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in New Jersey

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Recycling Options Available in New Jersey


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

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

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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 New Jersey 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: New Jersey

Generator Exemption (CESQG): same

Where can waste from CESQG go? same

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

Other stringency or exemptions? Crushing by generator allowed, third parties need Class D recycling center approval from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as well as air pollution permit.


State Regulatory Contacts


John Castner - Director of Department of Solid and Hazardous Waste

Agency Address: N.J. Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Landfill and Hazardous Waste Permitting Solid and Hazardous Waste Program, 401 E. State St., P.O. Box 414, Trenton, NJ 08625-0414

Phone: (609) 984-6880



Wolf Skacel - Director, County Environmental and Waste Enforcement

Phone: (609) 292-6704


Bureau of Air Permits

Phone: (609) 633-2829


Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Main Phone Number

Phone: (609) 984-6900


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