Maine Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations


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Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is required by law by the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is not allowed in Maine
  • Bulk recycling pickups are allowed in Maine

Recycling Options Available in Maine:

Bulk Recycling Pickups

For larger amounts of bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste. Trucks come pick up waste at your location for recycling

 

 

 

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Detailed Maine 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.

Jurisdiction Generator Exemption
(CESQG)
Where can waste from CESQG go? Can the waste be declared non- hazardous, based on TCLP? 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 [1]. No mobile treatment units.
Maine No CESQG exemption Waste must be recycled No same

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Stacy Ladner Environmental Specialist

Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, Division of Oil and Hazardous Waste Facilities Regulation

Ray Bldg, Station 17 Augusta, ME 04333

(207) 287-2651 stacy.a.ladner@maine.gov
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Chris Evans Environmental Specialist (207) 287-5514 General Questions
Diana Mckenzie Environmental Specialist (207) 287-2651 General Questions
John James Policy Director (207) 287-2651 Mercury switch collection program
Mary Corr Oil and Hazardous Materials Specialist (207) 287-3545 Hazardous waste enforcement, rule interpretation
Mike Hudson Environmental Specialist (207) 287-2651 Enforcement
  DEP, Bureau of Oil and Hazardous Material Control Main Phone Number (207) 287-7688  

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
Universal Waste Rule Excerpts http://www.maine.gov/dep/waste/hazardouswaste/#uwru
Maine Disposal Rule http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/38/title38sec1663.html
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Home Page http://www.maine.gov/dep/index.shtml
Mercury Page http://www.maine.gov/dep/mercury/