Texas Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

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Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is highly recommended by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is required for many facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in Texas
  • Crushed bulbs are considered universal waste in Texas
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Texas

Recycling Options Available in Texas:

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 Texas 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
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.
Texas same same same Crushing by generator allowed as UW

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Jesse Boultinghouse Program Specialist

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Industrial and Hazardous Waste Permits Division

P.O. Box 13087

Austin, TX 78711

(512) 239-6865 jesse.boultin@tceq.texas.gov
Scott Green Project Manager

Same as above

(512) 239-6381 scott.green@tceq.texas.gov
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Jason Sutherland Industrial and Hazardous Waste Permit Section (903) 535-5135 Technical analysis team
Gerry Bolmer Chemist (512) 239-6412 UWR
John Carrillo Chemist (512) 239-6412 UWR
Keith Whitten Chemist (512) 239-6412 UWR
Tess Johnston Chemist (512) 239-6412 UWR
  TCEQ Main Switchboard (512) 239-1000 UWR
Toll Free Small Business and Small Local Governments Environmental Assistance Line 1-800-447-2827 Call to ask about environmental regulations in TX, conducts some on-site inspections for specific industries

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
Guidance Paper (PDF) https://www.aircycle.com/local/pdf/texas.pdf
Texas Administrative Code  http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Home Page http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/
Recycle Texas Online http://www.recycletexasonline.org


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