Maine : Proper Recycling of Fluorescent Bulbs
INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS
Fluorescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, and some neon lighting lamps contain small amounts of mercury and are identified with the symbol or the words “contains mercury.”
Maine law does not allow mercury-added bulbs bulbs, including fluorescent lamps, to be disposed of in the trash. All waste bulbs containing mercury need to be recycled. Consumers can recycle their waste fluorescent bulbs for free at any of more than 100 retail stores and many local solid waste facilities. These collection sites are trained in accordance with Maine Department of Environmental Protection requirements. The used, unbroken fluorescent bulbs will be recycled to prevent the release of mercury to the environment, with all other components recovered for reuse.
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For information on managing waste mercury-added lamps in accordance with Maine’s universal waste regulations, please refer to the following handbook developed by Maine DEP.
MAINE UNIVERSAL WASTE HANDBOOK
INFORMATION FOR COLLECTION POINTS
Each manufacturer of mercury-added lamps sold or distributed for household use in the State on or after January 1, 2001 shall individually or collectively implement a department-approved program for the recycling of mercury-added lamps from households.
Maine retailers and Municipalities may request to participate in the manufacturer program by completing the attached Participation Agreements and submitting them to NEMA for review and approval.
Examples of Lamp Types Eligible for Recycling
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