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Utah Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

Utah Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

Quick Facts:

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

Recycling Options Available in Utah:


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. 

Detailed Utah Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations  

The stringency 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)

Confused about terminology (CESQG, UW, TCLP, etc.)? Refer to this glossary for help.

Jurisdiction Generator Exemption
Where waste from CESQG can go? Can the waste be declared non- hazardous, based on TCLP? 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.
Utah same Waste must go to RCRA Sub-C facility or state equivalent same same

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Alex Pashley Environmental Scientist Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Solid and Hazardous Waste Division (801) 538-6170
288 N. 1460 W. 144880 Salt Lake City 84114-4880  
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Blake Robertson Environmental Engineer (801) 538-6170 Handles PCB's in lamp ballasts; indirectly involved in lamp recycling
Dorothy Adams Hazardous Waste Program Coordinator (801) 313-6745 CESQG'S household hazardous waste in Salt Lake County
Ed Deputy Environmental Scientist (801) 538-6793 Outreach to hazardous waste generators, SQG'S and CESQG'S
Jay Richardson Environmental Scientist (801) 538-6170 Pollution prevention
Jon Perry Environmental Scientist (801) 538-6170 Regulatory questions, electronic recycling
Rusty Lundberg Manager, Solid Waste Branch (801) 538-6170 Regulatory/policy development
  EQD Main Number (801) 536-4402  

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
A Guide to Waste Lamps and Ballast Management


Utah Department of Environmental Quality Homepage

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