Crushes fluorescent lamps of any size while removing mercury vapors. Reduces labor, recycling costs, and storage vs. packing lamps.
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): Exemption only for <15 lamps per month
Where can waste from CESQG go? Waste must go to RCRA Sub-C facility
Can the waste be declared non-hazardous, based on TCLP? same
Other stringency or exemptions? Crushing allowed by generator with pre approval, for volume reduction only, with monitoring and training
Robert Nakamoto - Environmental Protection Specialist
Agency Address: Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Solid Waste Management, 5th Floor, L&C Tower 401 Church St., Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 532-0868
Louis Bordenave - Manager of Planning, Reporting and Waste Reduction
Phone: (615) 532-0095
Area of Responsibility: Compliance and enforcement
TDEC Main Number
Phone: (615) 532-0104 or (888) 891-8332