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How to Dispose of Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs, while energy-efficient, contain small amounts of mercury and require proper disposal to protect both public health and the environment. In this guide, we’ll navigate the best practices for disposing of these bulbs to ensure a safe and eco-friendly process.

Step 1: Understanding the Importance

Fluorescent bulbs are classified as universal waste and cannot be disposed of in regular trash due to their mercury content. Mercury can be extremely harmful, making proper disposal imperative to prevent any release into the environment.

Step 2: Preparing for Disposal

Never throw fluorescent bulbs in your waste bins. Instead, ensure they are kept intact and store them in a secure location to prevent breakage. If a bulb does break, follow EPA guidelines for cleaning up mercury spills promptly and safely.

Step 3: Choosing the Right Solution

Recycling containers: TerraCycle Regulated Waste provides specialized recycling containers such as the EasyPak™ 4’ VaporShield® Jumbo Lamp Recycling Box. Purchase a kit that corresponds with the quantity and type of bulbs you’re disposing of, fill it, and send it back with the provided shipping label. This is one of the most convenient methods for recycling fluorescent bulbs, because our kits comply with state and federal regulations, offering a hassle-free recycling option.

Bulk Pickup: For businesses or consumers with larger quantities of bulbs, TerraCycle Regulated Waste offers a Bulk Pickup service. This is a cost-effective and straightforward solution for recycling large volumes of waste while staying compliant with waste disposal regulations.

On-Site Disposal: An alternative solution to dispose of fluorescent bulbs is TerraCycle Regulated Waste's Bulb Eater®. This system not only simplifies the disposal process but also significantly reduces the space required to store spent lamps prior to recycling. By crushing bulbs, the Bulb Eater® reduces their volume by up to 80%, thereby decreasing the number of recycling bins needed, which is cost-effective and space-saving. Additionally, it captures over 99.99% of the vapors released, ensuring safety and compliance with environmental regulations.

Step 5: Documenting Your Compliance

When you use TerraCycle Regulated Waste's services, you'll receive a Certificate of Recycling, which documents your compliance with regulations and your commitment to sustainability.

By following these steps and utilizing TerraCycle Regulated Waste's services, you are not only ensuring the safe disposal of hazardous materials but also contributing to a greener planet. Their user-friendly products provide peace of mind by handling the complexities of waste regulation on your behalf, making environmental responsibility an easy part of daily operations or household management.

For more details on products and how to order your recycling kit or schedule a bulk pickup, visit TerraCycle Regulated Waste’s website or contact a staff member at (800) 909-9709.
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