Fluorescent and HID ballasts contain a small capacitor that may contain high concentrations of PCBs. The primary concern regarding the disposal of of used fluorescent ballasts is the health risk associated with the PCBs.

PCB ballasts are regulated under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and CERCLA (also known as Superfund). Generators of PCB-containing ballasts may incur Superfund liability by disposing of PCB ballasts in a dumpster or landfill.

LRI sends all PCB-containing ballasts to an approved facility for decommissioning. The capacitor is removed for high-temperature incineration. The remaining raw material such as copper and steel, is returned to the market place. Once the capacitor has been incinerated, a certificate will be issued releasing the generator from all liability.



LRI issues a Certificate of Recycling for all ballast that we pick up. This document should be kept on file as proof that you are properly handling your waste ballast. LRI will also provide all necessary paperwork for pick up.


Ballast are classified as PCB, meaning the ballast contain Polychlorinated biphenyls, or non-PCB and each must be packaged separately. 


Ballast that contain PCBs must be shipped in a D.O.T approved container. The container can be a steel or poly drum or pail.

How to Identify PCB

Typically, ballast that were manufactured prior to 1979 are going to contain PCB. Any ballast that are missing


Non-PCB ballast can be packaged in boxes, put on a pallet, in drums or in pails. Non-PCB ballast may have a label that states "no PCBs"  or "does not contain PCBs." Magnetic and electronic ballast are considered non-PCB ballast.

Contact LRI for UN Approved drum designed for the storage and transport of your waste ballasts.