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New Hampshire Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is required by law by the New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is not allowed in New Hampshire
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in New Hampshire

Recycling Options Available in New Hampshire:


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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Questions about recycling in your state? Contact us for more information. 

Detailed New Hampshire Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations  

The stringency chart 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)

Confused about terminology (CESQG, UW, TCLP, etc.)? Refer to this glossary for help.

Jurisdiction Generator Exemption
Where can waste from CESQG go? Can the waste be declared non- hazardous, based on TCLP? Other stringency or exemptions?
Federal EPA 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) Waste may go to any Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) Wastes that test less than 0.2mg/l soluble mercury are not considered hazardous under federal rules. 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.
New Hampshire same Waste must go to RCRA Sub-C facility or state equivalent same No crushing

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Paul Lockwood Supervisor, Pollution Prevention Program

Department of Environmental Services, Waste Management Division

29 Hazen Dr.

Concord, NH 03301

(603) 271-2956
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Holly Green Regulation Compliance Specialist (603) 271-2920 Regulation questions
Todd Leedburg RCRA Compliance Supervisor (603) 271-2942 Compliance
Eric Aberms RCRA Compliance Specialist (603) 271-7512 Compliance
Stephanie D'Agostino Pollution Prevention Coordinator (603) 271-6398 Implementing statewide mercury strategy
  Department of Environmental Services Main Phone Number (603) 271-3503 Open Monday to Friday, 8AM-4PM
  Hazardous Waste Compliance Hotline (603) 271-2942 Regulation questions, open Monday to Friday, 8AM-4PM

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
Bulb Landfill Ban Legislation
Universal Waste Lamps: Info for Small Businesses
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Home Page

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