Arizona Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

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Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is recommended by the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality and is required for many facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in Arizona
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Arizona

Recycling Options Available in Arizona:

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

Questions about recycling in your state? Contact us for more information.


Detailed Arizona Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations 

 The stringency table 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, HW, TCLP, etc.)? Refer to this glossary for help.

Jurisdiction Generator Exemption
Where can waste from CESQG go? Can 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.
Arizona same Waste may go to special approved MSWLF (40CFR257). These differ from other landfills as they have to meet additional protective criteria. same same

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Anthony Leverock Senior Environmental Engineer


1110 W. Washington

Phoenix, AZ


(602) 771-4160
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Gail Bliss Waste Minimization Coordinator (602) 771-4212  
Denise McConaghy Senior Environmental Engineer (602) 771-4110 Cleanup engineer, electronic waste, works on rules
Dale Anderson Manager, Facility Assistance Unit (602) 771-4104 Handles compliance assistance, hazardous waste data, annual report
  ADEQ Phoenix Main Office (602) 771-2300 Recycling program

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
Arizona Universal Waste Rule
ADEQ Home Page


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