Frequently Asked Questions

Materials

Please contact our customer service line at BulbCycle to get more information at 858-412-6536 or email us at info@bulbcycle.com

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Universal wastes are types of specific hazardous wastes that organizations manage in a less rigorous manner than hazardous wastes.

Universal Wastes include:

Lamps – Including fluorescent, high intensity discharge (HID), sodium vapor, mercury vapor, neon, and incandescent lamps
Batteries – Including spent dry cell and lead-acid batteries
Pesticides – Including certain suspended, canceled, or unused pesticides
Devices containing elemental mercury – Including thermostats, switches, thermometers, manometers, barometers, and various medical devices

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The most useful way to learn if your waste is considered hazardous is the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) test. Fluorescent bulbs and their broken fragments fail the TCLP test and are considered hazardous waste. Other hazardous items that BulbCycle offers recycling kits for include (but are not limited to): ballasts, CFLs, U-Bend bulbs, HID bulbs, dry cell batteries, and alkaline batteries.

Organizations should manage their spent lamps and bulbs as hazardous waste in accordance with their federal, state, and local requirements.

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Mercury is commonly found in fluorescent and other types of lamps. A broken lamp releases the mercury into the air, ground and possibly ground water. It also will accumulate in living tissue of animals and humans and in large enough amounts it can cause serious health conditions.

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Yes.

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Yes. Purchase the lead acid battery disposal kit.
We also have recycling containers for dry cell batteries, alkaline, nickel, cadmium, nickel metal hydride, iron, zinc carbon, and silver, as well as AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt.

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Yes, we have recycling containers that are designed for broken lamps. The other containers are designed for unbroken fluorescent lamps. We do understand that many bulbs break during transportation and our recycling partners will still accept them for processing.

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The amount of containers to order depends on the quantity and types of materials. It depends on the amount of waste you generate. It usually helps to order one more container than you need, that way you’ll always have one on-site while the other is being shipped back. Each container has a waste limit specified in the product details section. Review the details of each recycling kit in our store to see how much each kit holds.

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The diameter of a lamp is measured in eighths of an inch and expressed as a “T” number, such as T8 (equals 8/8’s or one inch) and T12 (equals 12/8’s or an inch and a half diameter).

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Intact Lamps – Try to keep lamps taped together to reduce breakage. It is best to keep them in the boxes they came in if possible.
Crushed Lamps – Crushed lamps should be stored in a locked steel 55-gallon drum complete with locking ring without any other types of items inside.
Ballasts – Non-leaking ballasts should be placed in plastic bag or liner and stored in a locked 55-gallon steel drum and without any other types of items inside.
Batteries – Batteries need to be sorted by type and secured in a box or bag to reduce spilling. Most companies store them in a 5-10 gallon bucket. Large batteries should be carefully laid on pallets with sheets of cardboard on top of the terminals of each row of batteries. Make sure nothing is leaking.
Computers – Computers and e-waste should be stored in large gaylord boxes or on pallets. They should be shrink-wrapped and properly secured to the pallet.

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For regular shipping: yes, you will need to know how many items you have so that you can purchase the appropriate size and amount of boxes.

For bulk pickups: no, we will count the lamps for you and bill you for the exact amount.

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BulbCycle processes all of its clients’ waste with licensed partner facilities within the United States. When a battery is recycled it is sorted by type and placed into bins for reclamation, cancellation and recycling.

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When your waste is picked up or shipped to us directly all the material is recycled and disposed of into machines that break apart and separate all of the different types of materials. For bulbs, after the glass is cleared of all mercury and other materials it is then reused to make other products. Once the bulbs are fully processed a recycling certificate is generated for your records.

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In most states it is illegal to throw your lamps and bulbs away with your normal trash. Bulbs and lamps contain large amounts of mercury which is highly toxic. Several states have a ban on the disposal of hazardous bulbs in a solid waste landfill.

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Our recycling kits are processed at several different permitted recycling facilities throughout the Unites States. Our partners are in each state. Your waste will be shipped to your closest partner.

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