Many businesses aren’t aware that it is illegal to throw fluorescent lamps into a garbage can or dumpster. Other companies are aware but find it difficult to sort through complex environmental regulations to determine what they need to do. New Pig (Tipton, PA) has introduced the PIG Lamp Recycling Program, a mail-back package with everything required to safely and properly collect, ship, and recycle spent bulb waste, prevent landfilling and releases of mercury into the environment, and stay in compliance with Universal Waste Regulations. The program’s packaging meets stringent requirements of the International Safety Transit Association’s (ISTA) 3A Standard Shipping Performance Test to ensure no hazardous materials or broken glass can escape during shipping. The program provides:
- The ability to safely and easily recycle up to (32) T12 or (74) T8 4-foot lamps.
- Collection and shipping containers with prepaid UPS shipping labels to the recycling partner.
- Tyvek and vapor-seal bonded bag with self-adhesive seal contains lamps, tubes and haz-waste if breakage should occur during shipping.
- An outer shipping box with multi-layered cardboard which contains the sealed inner box, providing strength for shipment to recycling center.
- Reinforced packing tape.
- A downloadable Certificate of Destruction to demonstrate compliance with Hazardous Waste Regulations during EPA audits.
Facilities have a choice when it comes to managing their fluorescent light waste, but one option that is not permissible is tossing the lamps into a dumpster. The EPA can levy fines up to $93,500 per lamp when they discover them in a dumpster or garbage can.