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printreg, June, 2000
UV bulbs


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From:Deb Jacobson(djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date:Fri, 09 Jun 2000 07:41:11 -0500


That is correct. UV bulbs are considered hazardous waste by U.S. EPA and must be recycled or disposed of properly if they contain mercury and do not pass the EPA analytical test procedure called the TCLP. These bulbs should be recycled by an approved recycling company and specific handling and storage requirements apply. Your bulb supplier can provide additional information about whether the bulbs you use are considered hazardous and can advise you if they have alternative, low or no mercury bulbs available for purchase. These alternative bulbs are more costly, but you may not have to face the disposal regulations. See the links below for additional information on the actual EPA regulation and the new Universal Waste Rules. Also, most states have specific regulations for these bulbs as well. You may want to visit your state's environmental protection agency's web site to learn more. Thank you for using the PNEAC web site. Debra Jacobson Regulation on Mercury Containing Light Bulbs http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-WASTE/1999/July/Day-06/f16930.htm Universal waste Fact Sheet http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/id/merc-emi/univwast.htm List of Lamp Recyclers http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/seahome/mercury/src/lamps.htm#lamprecycle



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