Recycling intact lamps is the most cost-effective way to manage mercury-containing lamps as a hazardous waste. It also reduces the risk of mercury vapor release, which can contaminate lakes and streams.
TYPES OF LAMPS
First used as overhead lighting in offices, these tube-style lamps now also come in compact globe shapes for a variety of home and office uses.
Mercury vapor lamps:
The first high intensity discharge (HID) lamps with blue-white light, originally used as farmyard lights.
Metal halide lamps:
Newer, more efficient HID lights found in homes and businesses.
High-pressure sodium vapor lamps:
These yellow-white HID lights are used for street lamps and outdoor security lighting.
Low-pressure sodium vapor lamps:
These orange HID lamps are used primarily in commercial settings.
Standard electric light bulbs used in homes and businesses.
LRI issues a Certificate of Recycling for all lamps that we process. This document should be kept on file as proof that you are properly handling your waste lamps.
LAMP STORAGE & SHIPPING
Whenever possible palletizing and shrink wrapping will speed the handling process and provide a measure of safety for the handling and transportation of the lamp. Pallets should not be more than 6' high. When shipping small box quantities to LRI via package carrier, be sure to securely tape the ends of the boxes. All containers must be labeled with a universal waste label and an accumulation start date. All universal waste cannot be stored for more than 1 year. See our CONTAINERS page for more information on our storage containers.