Recycle Your Old Tubes
What to do with your old fluorescent lamps
When replacing fluorescent tubes with LED, be sure to recycle your old lamps. Your fluorescent lamps may be classified as hazardous waste. All fluorescent lamps contain mercury, and mercury content varies anywhere from 2mg to over 40mg, which can be released into the environment when broken or dumped into landfills.. It only takes 1mg of mercury seepage to make 175 gallons of water unsafe to drink.
Also, fluorescent ballasts manufactured through 1979 may contain PCBs, and should be carefully recycled in accordance with EPA standards.
LED Living offers easy recycling kits for 4' and 8' fluorescent tubes. You simply remove your old tubes from the fixtures, slide them in the boxes, and ship them to the recycling center with a pre-paid label. Be sure to ask us about this service if you're converting fluorescent fixtures to LED with LED Living products.
Please refer to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for more information regarding current fluorescent tube disposal regulations.