FACT SHEET # 19
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY PROCEDURE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF SPENT FLUORESCENT LAMPS.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under their regulation 310 CMR 30.000 “Hazardous Waste Management” regulates spent mercury containing lamps as hazardous waste. Spent mercury containing lamps include fluorescent, high pressures sodium, mercury vapor and metal halide. Because of this mercury content, these lamps can not be put in the regular trash, but must instead be sent to a recycler, or if broken, disposed of as a hazardous waste.
STORAGE AND ACCUMULATION:
Spent Lamps must be stored in secure areas protected from physical damage during the accumulation period. Packaging and containers used in these storage areas must be of the type designed to minimize breakage during storage and shipping. It is recommended that unbroken spent lamps be stored in the original shipping boxes. Broken lamps must be stored in a sealed, vapor-tight container.
Label the container “Universal Waste – Mercury-containing Lamps(s)” or “Waste Mercury-containing Lamp(s)” or “Used Mercury-containing Lamp(s)” and mark it with the date on which you first began storing the lamps.
Storage areas used for spent lamps must be identified with an easily readable sign stating: “Universal Waste Accumulation Area”.
Unbroken spent lamps must be sent to the Boston Campus Electrical Shop (Gainsborough Garage) or other designated facility so they can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling. They are typically shipped under a Bill of Ladings and contain the following information:
› Name and address of the generator, transporter and recycler
› Number of lamps shipped
› Date of shipment and date of receipt by recycler
› Dated signature of recycler
Broken lamps must be stored and accumulated on site until a lamp recycler or hazardous waste vendor is brought to your location for a scheduled disposal.
Copies of Bill of Ladings and hazardous waste manifests must be sent to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to meet record keeping requirements. The Department of Environmental Protection requires these records be maintained for a minimum of three years.
Anyone involved in the management of the installation, replacement, or disposal of fluorescent lamps is required to attend a Hazardous Waste training session conducted by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Employees who install, replace, or dispose of fluorescent lamps must be adequately trained by departmental managers. Information about upcoming training sessions is available on the EHS Training Web Site.
BROKEN LAMP CLEAN-UP:
Material from broken lamps must be thoroughly cleaned from the floor or other areas where a breakage may occur. Chemically resistant gloves must be worn and efforts to minimize the generation of dust must be made during this clean-up. A conventional vacuum can not be used because this will release mercury vapors into the air. If mercury droplets are visible and can not be cleaned by a non-aggressive means, please contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety for assistance.
The U.S. Congress has made waste minimization a national policy and goal of each waste generator. You as a generator of spent mercury containing lamps have the responsibility to minimize the amount of broken lamps that are generated. Waste minimization has benefits such as decreasing your exposure to hazardous substances, protection of the environment, and the elimination of the disposal cost associated with broken lamps (at this time unbroken lamps are recycled for free).
For scheduling disposal or additional information, please contact EHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or X2769.