- Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is required by law by the District Dept. of the Environment
- Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in District of Columbia
- Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in District of Columbia
Detailed District of Columbia Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations
The stringency chart below provides examples of state regulations compared to the EPA regulations.
We strongly recommend that you discuss stringency with your primary state regulatory contact. This information should not be interpreted as definitive legal guidance. This document was produced in June 2004, and we do not guarantee its accuracy after that date, as state policies may change at any time.
("same" means the state policy is the same as the federal policy)
Confused about terminology (CESQG, UW, TCLP, etc.)? Refer to this glossary for help.
The Waste itself
Where waste from CESQG can go?
Source - FR Vol. 64, No. 109, p.30434,
June 8, 1999
|Can the waste be declared non- hazardous, based on HW Characteristic (TCLP) see Glossary||Other stringency or exemptions?|
|Federal EPA||Generators producing less than 100 kg (220 pounds) of hazardous waste (HW) or 1 kg acute HW in each month, including all HW generated. CESQGs are exempt from federal rules, but not exempt from liability (40 CFR 261.5)||Waste may go to any Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF)||Wastes that test less than 0.2mg/l soluble mercury are not considered hazardous under federal rules.||Crushing can only be done by generator (40 CFR 262.34); crushed waste that is not UW- must be managed as RCRA HW. Crushing not allowed within federal UWR, but may be within State UW regulations. No one may crush third-party lamps without treatment authorization . No mobile treatment units.|
|District of Columbia||No CESQG exemption||Waste must go to EPA approved HW facility||same||
All generators of spent lamps must obtain an EPA ID number
District Regulatory Contacts
|Mary Begin||Chief, Hazardous Materials Branch||DDOE||(202) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Address||P.O. Box||City||Zip Code|
|1200 First St, NE||Washington D.C.||20002|
|Secondary Contact||Title||Phone||Area of Responsibility|
|Richard Jackson||Environmental Protection Specialist||(202) 654-6017||RCRA Inspector|
|Victoria North||Environmental Protection Specialist||(202) 535-1909||Waste Minimization-Compliance Assistance|
|Web Links and Informational Resources|
|District of Columbia Homepage||www.dc.gov|