The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!

Featured:
   

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

   
Recent Posts
Industrail Control Panel bonding per 409.108
by sparkyinak
Yesterday at 03:17 PM
Calling all Non-US members!! (Non-US only)
by aussie240
12/07/16 02:39 AM
Photo Upload Tutorial
by DanK
12/06/16 11:35 PM
Sprinklered equipment 26-008
by bigpapa
12/02/16 04:24 PM
On Delay Relay with Auto Reset
by Potseal
12/01/16 09:59 AM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm˛ flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
gfretwell 13
HotLine1 9
Texas_Ranger 8
sparkyinak 8
Trumpy 6
Who's Online
0 registered (), 192 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#188167 - 07/23/09 06:46 PM Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs
Up2code Offline
Member

Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 55
Loc: Missouri
Hope everyone is hanging in there! Alright here's my problem. I just upgraded a customers existing older fluorescent fixtures with new T8 bulbs & electronic ballast(thanks to rebates by local POCO). Now I have a stockpile of 300+ 8' and 4' fluorescent bulbs. Local transfer station(landfill) says "just dump 'em with everything else, no money right now for separate pick-up." What should I do? With that many bulbs possibly breaking, is there a health concern?

Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#188170 - 07/23/09 07:31 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: Up2code]
DonResor Offline
New Member

Registered: 07/23/09
Posts: 3
Loc: Los Angeles, California
The mercury content may be a concern...

Top
#188175 - 07/23/09 08:01 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: DonResor]
Obsaleet Offline
Member

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 361
Loc: Pa
There companies here that recycle them. For a fee of course!

Ob
_________________________
Choose your customers, don't let them choose you.

Top
#188176 - 07/23/09 08:03 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: DonResor]
KJay Offline
Member

Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 763
Loc: MA, USA
Don't know if you have an allowance budgeted into the job for disposal fees, as it will probably be cost prohibitive, but Veolia Environmental Services sells several different sizes of bulk RECYCLEPAK kits for fluorescent and HID lamps.
You purchase their container boxes for a set price, which includes the FedEx return shipping, disposal fees and any needed documentation. I have seen them in the HD Supply catalog.

Top
#188182 - 07/23/09 11:35 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: KJay]
noderaser Offline
Member

Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 405
Loc: Portland, Oregon, United State...
If they're still good, you could offer them up on freecycle or cragslist... Otherwise, I don't think you will find anyone who will take that many of your hands for free. You're beyond the "customer service/publicity" point where hardware stores and other retailers offer free recycling of fluorescent lamps. Guess you could always take them in a couple at a time for the next 10 years...
_________________________
http://www.hsiprodsvcs.com/

Top
#188188 - 07/24/09 08:40 AM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: noderaser]
LarryC Offline
Member

Registered: 07/05/04
Posts: 776
Loc: Winchester, NH, US
A quick web search turned up this.

http://www.htr-group.com/recycle/

Larry C

Top
#188198 - 07/24/09 06:08 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: LarryC]
Up2code Offline
Member

Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 55
Loc: Missouri
Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll be driving 3 hours to the nearest bulb recycling center. Don't think I'll be pushing business lighting upgrades as hard as I wanted to.:)

Top
#188199 - 07/24/09 07:09 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: Up2code]
sbi Offline
Member

Registered: 03/01/08
Posts: 47
Loc: indiana
Originally Posted By: Up2code
Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll be driving 3 hours to the nearest bulb recycling center. Don't think I'll be pushing business lighting upgrades as hard as I wanted to.:)


don't let this determ the direction that your business takes. You should of looked in to the disposal situation before you finalized the bid. Put this all behind you and spend somne time looking into a way to dispose of the bulbs. There are ways out there. Plus you can make more on your future jobs by marking up the disposal fee
_________________________
when in doubt jump it out
I happily work for slumlords

Top
#188208 - 07/24/09 11:51 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: sbi]
sparkyinak Offline
Member

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1296
Loc: Alaska
It depends on local ordinances. The fed require that a dump that takes flouresent bulbs must be TCLP compliant. Yes recycling does cost so pend on where you stand on recyling you may have options. A side note is that 100% of the murcury can be reclaimedand reused in new lamps. The Murcury content is less the you find in fish.
_________________________
"Live Awesome!" - Kevin Carosa

Top
#188261 - 07/27/09 05:01 PM Re: Problem Disposing of old T12 bulbs [Re: sparkyinak]
Tesla Offline
Member

Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 1280
Loc: Sacramento, CA
Out my way the County dump takes T-12, old TV's, etc. without any fee...

It's the only item they will take without a fee !

//////


Call around, you might find that any seller of tubes is required to accept burnt out lamps as a condition of business.

Such laws typically apply to used motor oil or dead lead-acid batteries, too.

These requirements are normally imposed to stop random disposal of heavy metals/ motor oils that could find their way into the water supply.
_________________________
Tesla

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals