Tennessee Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations


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Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is highly recommended by the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation and is required for most facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in Tennessee
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Tennessee

Recycling Options Available in Tennessee:

The Bulb Eater

Crushes fluorescent lamps of any size while removing mercury vapors. Reduces labor, recycling costs, and storage vs. packing lamps

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EasyPak Recycling Containers

Fill up containers with bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste at your own pace and mail back via prepaid shipping

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 Tennessee 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.
Tennessee Exemption only for <15 lamps per month Waste must go to RCRA Sub-C facility same Crushing allowed by generator with pre approval, for volume reduction only, with monitoring and training.

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Robert Nakamoto Environmental Protection Specialist

Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Solid Waste Management

5th Floor, L&C Tower 401 Church St.

Nashville, TN 37243

(615) 532-0868 robert.nakamoto@state.tn.us
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Louis Bordenave Manager of Planning, Reporting and Waste Reduction (615) 532-0095  
  TDEC Main Number (615) 532-0104 or (888) 891-8332  

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
April 2012 Lamp Crushing Advisory Letter (PDF) http://www.aircycle.com/local/pdf/TN-lamp-crushing-advisory-letter-2012.pdf
UW Management Guidance Paper (PDF) http://www.aircycle.com/local/pdf/tennessee.pdf
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Home Page http://www.state.tn.us/environment/
Universal Waste Rule http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1200/1200-01/1200-01-11/1200-01-11-.12.pdf