Fluorescent Bulbs Are Hazardous Waste

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules have been amended to include fluorescent bulbs as hazardous waste due to high levels of mercury. Therefore, used fluorescent bulbs must be managed in accordance with DEC's hazardous waste rules.

The DEC Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste web site contains detailed information, guidance, as well as a question and answer section on fluorescent bulb issues. (www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/hzwstman/bulbs2.htm).External Link Icon Image

For further information and assistance on fluorescent bulb issues, contact:

Technical Determination Section

Bureau of Hazardous Waste Management

Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

50 Wolf Road

Albany, New York 12233-7251

(518) 485-8769