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Fluorescent Bulbs Are Hazardous Waste


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the 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 website contains detailed information, and guidance, as well as a question-and-answer section on fluorescent bulb issues.

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