Residential Lighting: State Regulations

NEMA is providing the following information as a service. State regulations change periodically and it is the user’s responsibility to comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
Please consult with your local and state authorities for the most up-to-date requirements for lamp disposal.  Links to pertinent state regulations and the regulatory contacts can be found by clicking on the state in the following map or accessing the list below.

More comprehensive information concerning state mercury products laws that govern labeling, product phase-out, manufacturer take-back, notification, and disposal requirements are is provided on NEMA’s Environmental Conscious Design webpage.

 


Alabama

Department of Environmental Management
334-271-7700

Fact Sheet
http://adem.alabama.gov/programs/land/landforms/ManagementOfUniversalWaste.pdf

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Alaska

Department of Environmental
Conservation

907-269-7500

Federal Universal Waste Rule Applies
http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fedreg.pdf
http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fs_lamps.pdf

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Arizona

Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Programs Division
Hazardous Waste Office
602-771-2300

Universal Waste Rule
http://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/Title_18/18-08.pdf

* go to R-18-8-273 and R-18-8-260.10

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Arkansas

Department of Environmental Quality
Hazardous Waste Division
501-682-0744

Universal Waste Information
http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/hazwaste/branch_ie/uniwaste.htm
 

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California

Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Toxic Substances Contol

Hazardous Waste Division: (800) 728-6942 or (800) 69-TOXIC

Fact Sheet
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/reducewaste/fluoreslamps/

Universal Waste Rule
http://dtsc.ca.gov/LawsRegulationsPolicies/CRTs/Oeara_regs_crttext.pdf

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Colorado

Department of Public Health &
Environment

Hazardous Materials and Waste Management
Division
Customer Technical Assistance

303-692-3320

Fact Sheet

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/mercury-free-colorado-campaign

Universal Waste Rule

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/hwguidance

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Connecticut

Environmental Protection Department
Bureau of Waste Management
860-424-3242

Fact Sheet

https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Waste-Management-and-Disposal/Hazardous-Waste/Universal-Waste

https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/P2/Mercury/Manufacturers/Safe-and-Environmentally-Sound-Management-of-Mercury-Added-Lamps

Universal Waste Rule
http://dep.state.ct.us/wst/hw/hwregs.pdf

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Delaware

Department of Hazardous Waste Management

(302) 739-9403

Fact Sheet
http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/whs/awm/SHWMB/Pages/DisposingofFluorescentBulbs.aspx

BulbCycle

https://bulbcycle.com/

Universal Waste Rule
http://dnrec.state.de.us/DNREC2000/Divisions/AWM/hw/hw/drghw.htm

* go to 273: Standards for Universal Waste Management

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District of Columbia

Environmental Health Administration
Division of Hazardous Waste
(202) 535-2600

Universal Waste Rule

https://doee.dc.gov/service/proper-management-bulbs-and-batteries-facilities-and-businesses

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Florida

Environmental Protection Department
Hazardous Waste Management Section

850-245-2118

Fact Sheet
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/mercury/pages/definitions.htm

Universal Waste Rule
http://dep.state.fl.us/waste/quick_topics/rules/documents/62-730.pdf

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Georgia

Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Division

(404) 362-2537

Universal Waste Rule (federal rule by reference)

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2012-title40-vol28/xml/CFR-2012-title40-vol28-part273.xml

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Hawaii

Department of Health/Environmental
Management Division

Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
808-586-4226

Federal Universal Waste Rule Applies
http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fedreg.pdf

http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fs_lamps.pdf

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Idaho

Health & Welfare Department
Environmental Quality Division
(208) 373-0502

Universal Waste Rule (federal rule by reference)
http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/58/0105.pdf

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Illinois

Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Land
Permit Section
217-524-3300

Fact Sheet
http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/fluorescent-lamps/

Universal Waste Rule
http://www.ipcb.state.il.us/SLR/IPCBandIEPAEnvironmentalRegulations-Title35.aspx

* go to Part 733

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Indiana

Department of Environmental Management
(317) 232-8603
800-451-6027 (toll-free, in-state)

Fact Sheets
http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fluorescentt&hid.pdf

http://www.in.gov/idem/files/universalwasterule.pdf

Universal Waste Rule

http://www.in.gov/idem/files/universalwasterule.pdf

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Iowa

Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Division
515-725-8200

Federal Universal Waste Rule Applies
http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fedreg.pdf
http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/fs_lamps.pdf

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Kansas

Department of Health & Environment
Bureau of Waste Management
785-296-1500

Universal Waste Rule Applies
http://kdhe.state.ks.us/waste/download/hw_laws_sept2002.pdf

* go to p. 23/40 (p. 19) and see 28-31-1.  See
also p. 39/40 (p. 35) and see 28-31-15

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Kentucky

Natural Resources & Environmental
Protection Cabinet

Environmental Protection Department
Division of Waste Management
502-564-6716

Fact Sheet

http://waste.ky.gov/RLA/Documents/Fact%20Sheets/Universalwastefactsheet.pdf
 
Universal Waste Rule
http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/TITLE401.HTM

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Louisiana

Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Permits Division
225-219-3070

Fact Sheet

https://www.deq.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/SmallBusiness/squniversalwaste.pdf

Universal Waste Rule
https://deq.louisiana.gov/resources/category/regulations-lac-title-33


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Maine

Environmental Protection Department
Bureau of Remediation & Waste Management
207-314-3357

Information
http://state.me.us/dep/rwm/hazardouswaste/index.htm#universalwaste

Universal Waste Rule

https://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/hazardouswaste/documents/uwhandbook.pdf

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Maryland

Department of the Environment
Waste Management Administration

Hazardous Waste Program
410-537-3314

Fact Sheet

https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/LAND/Documents/Fluorescent%20light%20mgmt%20-%20determining%20requirements%203-2016.pdf

Universal Waste Rule

http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/subtitle_chapters/26_Chapters.aspx
go to COMAR 26.13.10.06 – 26.13.10.25.

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Massachusetts

Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Prevention
Regulatory contact
617-654-6528

Mercury Hotline
866-963-7287 (toll-free)

Information

https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-mercury-information

https://www.mass.gov/doc/310-cmr-7500-mercury-added-product-collection-recycling-labeling-sales-ban-regulations

https://maps.env.state.ma.us/dep/arcgis/js/templates/SafeMercuryDisposal/

Fact Sheet

https://www.mass.gov/doc/fact-sheet-fluorescent-lamp-management-for-businesses-institutions/download

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Michigan

Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Hazardous Materials Division

(800) 662-9278

Fact Sheet
http://deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-ead-tas-eleclamp.pdf

Universal Waste Rule
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-wmd-hwp-Part111Rules00.pdf
*go to p. 125/264 (p. 112) and see R 299.9228. See also R 99.9101-9109
for definitions.

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Minnesota

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Prevention and Assistance Division
651-296-6300

Fact Sheets
http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/wastetypes/universal/index.htm

Universal Waste Rule
Rule became effective in June 2005.

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Mississippi

Environmental Quality Department
Pollution Control Office
Hazardous Waste Branch
601-961-5171

Fact Sheets

https://www.mdeq.ms.gov/land/waste-division/solid-waste-management-programs/recycling/faqs/fluorescent-lamps/

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Missouri

Natural Resources Department
Division of Environmental Quality
Hazardous Waste Program
573-751-3176

Fact Sheet

https://dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/enf/florbulbs.htm

Universal Waste Rule

https://dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2058.htm10c25-16.pdf

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Montana

DEQ Hazardous Waste Program
406-444-2544

Universal Waste Rule Fact Sheet
http://deq.mt.gov/HazWaste/hazUnivWstReq.mcpx

Universal Waste Rule
http://deq.mt.gov/dir/legal/Chapters/Ch53-toc.mcpx

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Nebraska

Environmental Quality Department
402-471-2186

Universal Waste Rule
http://www.deq.state.ne.us/RuleAndR.nsf/pages/128-Ch-25

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Nevada

Conservation & Natural Resources
Department

Environmental Protection Division
Waste Management Bureau
775-687-4670

Universal Waste Rule
(federal rule by reference)

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New Hampshire

Department of Environmental Services
Waste Management Division
603-271-2905

Fact Sheet
http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/hw/documents/hw-7.pdf

Universal Waste Rule

http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/legal/rules/index.htm#waste
* go to p. 43/46, Env-Wm 1112

New Hampshire Lamp Management Information
http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/ppuwmp/lamps.htm

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New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Solid & Hazardous Waste Program

Bureau of Hazardous Waste Permitting
609-633-1418

Universal Waste Rule
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/resource/njac726a1.pdf
* go to p. 101/108 and 10/108. See 7:26A.7.1 et seq.

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New Mexico

Environment Department
Environment Protection Division

Solid Waste Bureau
505-827-0197

Universal Waste Rule
No state universal waste rule for lamps (subject to change; verify with State)

New Mexico Recycling Information
https://www.env.nm.gov/solid-waste/recycling-composting-and-diversion/

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New York

New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Materials Management

Bureau of Hazardous Waste and Radiation Management
Waste Determination & Analysis Section
518-402-8652

Bureau of Waste Reduction and Recycling
Product Stewardship & Waste Reduction Services
518-402-8706

Disposal Options for Fluorescent and HID Lamps in New York State

https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/9088.html

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North Carolina

Environment & Natural Resources
Department

Hazardous Waste Section
919-707-8200

Universal Waste Rule
http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/hw

* scroll down to Standards for Universal Waste Management

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North Dakota

Department of Health
Environmental Health Section
Hazardous Waste Program

701-328-5166

Fact Sheets

https://deq.nd.gov/WM/Publications.aspx#HazardousWasteProgramPublication

Universal Waste Rule
https://deq.nd.gov/Publications/WM/NorthDakotaHazardousWasteComplianceGuide.pdf

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Ohio

Environmental Protection Agency
Division of Hazardous Waste Management

614-644-2924

Fact Sheet/Policy

https://epa.ohio.gov/derr/hazwaste/universalwaste
http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dhwm/fluorescent.aspx

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Oklahoma

Environmental Quality Department
Hazardous Waste Compliance Section
405-702-0100

Fact Sheets

http://www.deq.state.ok.us/factsheets/land/HW_lamps_fact_sheetB.pdf
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Oregon

Environmental Quality Department

Hazardous Waste Program
503-229-5696

Fact Sheet
http://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/ManagingWasteLamps.pdf

Universal Waste Rule

http://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/UniversalWasteHandlers.pdf
https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/displayDivisionRules.action?selectedDivision=1506

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Pennsylvania

Environmental Protection Department
Land Recycling & Waste Management Bureau
Hazardous Waste Management
717-787-9870

Fact Sheet
https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/SolidWaste/HazardousWaste/UniversalWastes/Pages/Fluorescent-Lamp-Recycling.asp

Universal Waste Rule
(federal rule by reference)
http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/025/chapter266b/chap266btoc.html
* go to 266b.1(a)

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Rhode Island

Environmental Management Department
Environmental Protection Bureau
Waste Management Office
401-222-2797

Universal Waste Fact Sheet
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/wastemanagement/facilities/mercury.php

Mercury Reduction and Education Act

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE23/23-24.9/INDEX.HTM

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South Carolina

Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC)
Office of Environmental Quality Control (EQC): http://www.scdhec.gov/environment.htm

Management of Waste Lamps Information: https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/OR-0411.pdf

Hazardous & Infectious Waste Management
Bureau of Land & Waste
803-898-3432


Rule

http://www.lamprecycle.org/docs/273%2010.pdf

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South Dakota

Environment & Natural Resources
Department

Waste Management Program
605-773-3153

Universal Waste Rule (federal rule by reference)

http://legis.state.sd.us/rules/DisplayRule.aspx?Rule=74:28#74:28:33

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Tennessee

Environment and Conservation
Department

Solid/Hazardous Waste Management Office
888-891-8332

Universal Waste Rule
https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/solid-waste/hazardous-waste-management/sw-universal-waste.html

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Texas

Natural Resource Conservation
Commission

(512) 239-3900

Fact Sheet

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/pubs/rg/rg-377.pdf

Universal Waste Rule

https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=4&ti=30&pt=1&ch=335

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Utah

Environmental Quality Department
Division of Solid & Hazardous Waste
801-536-0200

Universal Waste Rule

https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r315/r315-273.htm

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Vermont

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division
802-522-5736 or 1-855-63CYCLE

Fact Sheet

Environmental Fact Sheet – https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wmp/SolidWaste/Documents/CFLampFactSheet.pdf

Vermont Mercury Website www.mercvt.org

Universal Waste Rule

https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wmp/HazWaste/Documents/Regulations/VHWMR_Sub9.pdf

 

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Virginia

Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Programs
804-698-4000

Fact Sheet

https://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/MercuryReduction/Fluorescents.aspx

Universal Waste Rule
(Federal rule by reference)
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+9VAC20-60-273

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Washington

Ecology Department
Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction
Program
360-407-6000

Fact Sheet
https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Guidance-technical-assistance/Dangerous-waste-guidance/Common-dangerous-waste/Lights-lamps

Universal Waste Rule
https://app.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=173-303

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West Virginia

Environment Bureau
Waste Management Office

Hazardous Waste Management
304-926-0495

Universal Waste Rule (federal rule by reference)
http://dep.wv.gov/pio/Documents/Rules%202011/DWWM/Hazardous%20Waste/Waste%20Management%2033%20-%2020%20Hazardous%20Waste%20Management%20System%20%282011%29.pdf

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Wisconsin

Department of Natural Resources
Waste Management Program
888-936-7463

Fact Sheet

https://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wa/WA1810.pdf

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Recycling/bulbs.html

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Wyoming

Environmental Quality Department
Solid & Hazardous Waste Division

307-777-7937

Mercury-Containing Lamp & Ballast Disposal And Recycling Guide