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Mississippi Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

Mississippi Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is highly recommended by the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality and is required for most facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in Mississippi
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Mississippi

Recycling Options Available in Mississippi:


Crushes fluorescent lamps of any size while removing mercury vapors. Reduces labor, recycling costs, and storage vs. packing lamps

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Fill up containers with bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste at your own pace and mail back via prepaid shipping

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For larger amounts of bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste. Trucks come pick up waste at your location for recycling

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Questions about recycling in your state? Contact us for more information. 

Mississippi - State Regulation Information

Stringency Table - Types of Exemptions for Lamps

The 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)

Jurisdiction Generator Exemption
The Waste itself
Where waste from CESQG can go?
Source - FR Vol. 64, No. 109, p.30434,
June 8, 1999
Can the waste be declared non- hazardous, based on HW Characteristic (TCLP) see Glossary 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.
Mississippi same same same Crushing by generator allowed as UW under specific technology based approval after testing.

State Regulatory Contacts

The primary contact is the first person you should reach for information on recycling and mercury-lamp management.
If the primary contact is not available, or if you are seeking a particular regulatory expertise, use the secondary contacts listed here.

Primary Contact Title Agency Phone E-Mail
David E. Lee Chief of Timber and Wood Products Compliance Branch Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Pollution Control (601) 961-5377
Address P.O. Box City Zip Code  
  10385 Jackson 39289-0385  
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Azzam Abu-mirshid Environmental Engineer 2 (601) 961-5171 Compliance and enforcement section
Larry Estes State Recycling Coordinator (601) 961-5036  
  DEQ Main Phone (601) 961-5171 or  

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
Contained in Universal Waste Rule Click Here 
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Home Page

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