Vermont Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations
- Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is required by law by the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
- Crushing fluorescent bulbs is not allowed in Vermont
- Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Vermont
Recycling Options Available in Vermont:
EASYPAK RECYCLING CONTAINERS
Fill up containers with bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste at your own pace and mail back via prepaid shipping
BULK RECYCLING PICKUPS
For larger amounts of bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste. Trucks come pick up waste at your location for recycling
Questions about recycling in your state? Contact us for more information.
Detailed Vermont 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.
|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 . No mobile treatment units.|
|Vermont||No CESQG exemption||Waste must go to RCRA Sub-C facility or state equivalent||No, in addition, mercury-containing lamps, which are labeled with oHgö or other mercury identifier, are banned from landfill disposal regardless of mercury content.||same|
State Regulatory Contacts
|Primary Contact||Title||Agency Address||Phone|
|Tom Benoit||Hazardous Materials Specialist||
Department of Environmental Conservation, Agency of Natural Resources, Environmental Assistance Division
103 S. Main St. Waterbury, VT 05676
|Secondary Contact||Title||Phone||Area of Responsibility|
|Gary Gulka||Chief of Waste Prevention Section,||(802) 241-3626||Recycling policy, regulations|
|Environmental Assistance Division|
|Karen Busshart||Manager of Mercury Project||(802) 241-3455||Education, lamp labeling|
|Toll Free||Pollution Prevention Hotline||1-800-974-9559 (Only Within State)||8-5 M-F|
|Web Links and Informational Resources|
|Universal Waste Rule||http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/rcra/hazregs/regs2001/2001sub9.pdf|
|Agency Web Site||http://www.anr.state.vt.us/|
|Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Guide||http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/ead/mercury/dispose/lamps.htm|