Lighting manufacturers, through their trade association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) developed lamprecycle.org to provide a one-stop source of information about recycling mercury-added “lamps.” These lamps can be recognized the Hg symbol on the lamp-the universally recognized chemical symbol for mercury. All fluorescent and most high intensity discharge lamps contain a small amount of mercury, a natural occurring element that is critical for the energy-saving attributes of these lamps. Depending on the nature of the exposure, mercury is toxic and it is important that lamps and other products containing mercury be properly managed at the end of life to protect public health and the environment.
Funding for this web site is provided by the following member companies of the NEMA Light Source Manufacturing Section.
Other companies providing financial support for the site are:
Litex Industries 3401 West Trinity Blvd Grand Prairie, TX 75060
Bulbrite Industries 145 West Commercial Ave Moonachie, NJ 07074 www.Bulbrite.com
Lamp users must be aware of Federal and state hazardous and universal waste requirements for management of spent lamps. These requirements can differ depending on who generates the spent lamps, whether the lamp is a hazardous waste, and which state the user is in. That means users must have a basic understanding of the Federal regulations and knowledge of the unique state requirements. Even where existing regulations exempt users from spent lamp management regulations, NEMA encourages businesses and consumers to recycle their spent lamps.
This website contains:
Information about Federal and state regulatory spent lamp management requirements, and state information contacts.
Lists of companies that are in the business of handling and recycling spent lamps. NEMA does not endorse or recommend any company involved in such businesses and encourages users to environmentally audit any firm that they use in the management of spent lamps.
Users should understand that lamp recycling in not self-supporting. Spent lamps have no intrinsic value or embodied energy. The recovered mercury has minimal value. The user’s cost of recycling lamps, however, can be relatively small compared to the cost savings from using energy efficient lighting. Generally, fluorescent lamps are four to five times more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent lamps reduce energy consumption that saves users money. Reducing energy use also cuts down on power plant emissions of mercury and other emissions that contribute to global climate change, acid rain and smog.
NEMA urges state officials to contact Lamprecycle.org if they place new material regarding lamp recycling on their websites. Please send any updated information to firstname.lastname@example.org.