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UNIVERSAL WASTE

Fluorescent Lamps Collection, Pick Up and Disposal • Computers & Electronics Collection, Pick Up and Disposal • Batteries, PCB Ballast & Capacitors Collection, Pick Up and Disposal • Mercury & Mercury Containing Devices Collection, Pick Up and Disposal • Medical Waste Collection, Pick Up and Disposal • On-site Secure Storage for Confidential Paper/ Materials • Confidential Data Destruction • Mail Back Programs • Other Hazardous, and Non-hazardous Wastes

LAMPS

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

Fluorescent 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.

Incandescent lights: 
Standard electric light bulbs used in homes and businesses.

LED Lamps: 

The NEW standard  light bulbs used in homes and businesses.

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CERTIFICATION

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.

BATTERIES

Billions of used batteries are generated annually through a variety of processes in households, businesses and manufacturing facilities. In manufacturing facilities, common sources of used batteries include power tools, cellular phones, electronics, and emergency lighting. In 1990, 88 percent of all mercury discarded in the U.S. came from batteries. Batteries also account for 50 percent of all cadmium disposal. This number has increased in recent years, because of the explosion in the use of wireless communication devices.

At LRI, we are in the business of helping ease the pressure put on the environment by properly disposing of the batteries we use every day. All batteries handled by LRI are recycled. Whether alkaline, nickel-cadmium, lead acid, or any other type, your batteries are diverted from landfills.

DOCUMENTATION

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

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BATTERY STORAGE & SHIPPING

LRI can accept all types of batteries. It is important that all batteries be separated by chemistry and all terminals must be taped or isolated to prevent short circuiting and risk of fire. See the chart below on how to separate batteries by chemistry.

Batteries can be transported in non-metal boxes, pails, drums, or any "rigid," leak-proof container. Larger batteries may be put on a skid and wrapped. 

Containers must be labeled with a universal waste label and an accumulation start date. Like all universal waste, you can only store batteries for up to 1 year from the accumulation start date.

BALLAST

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.

DOCUMENTATION

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 SHIPPING

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

PCB BALLAST 

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

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.

ELECTRONICS & COMPUTER COMPONENTS

The rapid turnover in computer technology is having a troubling side effect. Each year millions of computers become obsolete. As technology advances, you need to properly handle your outdated equipment.

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.

What this means is that businesses and institutions may collect and transport their own used computers to a recycler without a solid or hazardous waste transporter's license or hazardous waste manifest.

What this means is that businesses and institutions may collect and transport their own used computers to a recycler without a solid or hazardous waste transporter's license or hazardous waste manifest.

What this means is that businesses and institutions may collect and transport their own used computers to a recycler without a solid or hazardous waste transporter's license or hazardous waste manifest.

DOCUMENTATION

LRI issues a Certificate of Recycling for all electronics that we pick up. This document should be kept on file as proof that you are properly handling your electronic waste. Additional paperwork will be provided if data destruction or asset tracking is required.

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ELECTRONIC STORAGE & SHIPPING

The best possible way to transport obsolete computer equipment is on pallets. Gaylord boxes (a 4' cube, heavy cardboard box that is filled on a pallet) provide the best stability. We have found that neatly stacking components -- even monitors -- on a pallet will be stable for transport if  shrinkwrapped well.

APPLIANCES

Just like electronics, the turnover in appliances is just as crippling. As technology advances and styles change, you need to properly handle your outdated equipment and LRI is here to help you do that!

LRI can take a number of household and commercial appliances and help you recycle them properly. See the list below of what we can all take:

  • Refrigerators (Large and Small)

  • Freezers (Large and Small)

  • Microwaves

  • A/C Units

  • Washer/Dryers

  • Stoves

  • Dish Washers

  • Bulk Freon

  • Bulk Refrigerator Oil

  • And More!

For more information about recycling appliances, please contact us!

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HOW SHOULD YOU STORE YOUR WASTE?
CHECK OUT OUR CONTAINERS

LRI can provide a number of different storage & shipping containers for your convenience, and to help you stay in compliance with regulations. Request any of these items for FREE delivery with your next pick up!

CONTAINERS

Four-Foot Lamp Boxes: 
Approximately 48-60 four-foot lamps will fit into a four-foot lamp box. When the carton is full, close and tape to secure the lamps.​

Eight-Foot lamp Boxes: 
Approximately 15-30 eight-foot lamps will fit into an eight-foot lamp carton. When the carton is full, close and tape to secure the lamps. U-shaped Lamps: Whenever possible use the original packaging.​

LRI Lamp Barrels

These fiber barrels are designed to store and transport bulbs while saying in compliance with DNR regulations. 

26" Miscellaneous Lamp Storage Barrel

The 19" diameter barrel for smaller miscellaneous lamps including:  HID, incandescent, CFL's, U-Tubes, circular, spot, flood, UV, etc.

Four-Foot Lamp Storage Barrels

The 21" diameter barrel for four-foot lamps  holds between 160-170 T-12 lamps or 330 T-8 lamps.

Eight-Foot Lamp Storage Barrels

The 15" diameter barrel for eight-foot lamps  holds between 80-90 T-12 lamps.​

Barrel Stands

Designed specifically to hold the LRI Lamp Barrels. The stands secures the barrel from tipping, creates even lamp loading, prevents breakage, and keeps the barrel dry and off the ground. In addition, there is a mobilization kit available for easy mobility. Available for both four-foot and eight-foot sized barrels​.​

4' LAMP BARREL & BARREL STAND

Secure Shredding Bins

Check out our 96 gallon lockable shredding bins and our under the desk secured shredding consoles! With our new bins you are able to securely collect sensitive documents before shredding & disposal​​​​​​​​​​

UNDER DESK CONSOLE

96 GALLON BIN

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​​​**NEW** LRI BATTERYbox

Check out our NEW LRI BATTERYbox! Our stackable battery boxes make it easy for customer to sort and store their batteries properly. The battery boxes come pre-labeled with a Universal Waste label and type of battery.  

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