Why are LED bulbs hazardous waste?

Are LED lamps hazardous waste?

Any lamp (LED or otherwise) that does not exhibit one or more of the hazardous waste characteristics of 40 CFR 261 (ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity) is not considered hazardous waste (40 CFR 273.5(b)).

Are LED hazardous?

Compact fluorescent bulbs, high intensity discharge bulbs (HID), and light emitting diode (LED) bulbs are hazardous and must NOT go in any trash, recycling, or composting bin.

Are LED light bulbs universal waste?

While LED lamps are indeed much safer from a chemicals perspective, they do contain circuitboard components and other materials that the US EPA designates as Universal Waste, due to the high concentration of metals such as copper.

What type of waste are light bulbs?

Fluorescent lamps/bulbs are considered Universal Waste under federal law. This is a special category of hazardous waste and must be managed/disposed of appropriately.

Where do I dispose of light bulbs?

Fortunately, many home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, along with other major retailers, offer fluorescent recycling collection stations where consumers can drop off their old tubes free of charge.

How do I dispose of LED light bulbs in California?

Take lamps and tubes to a household hazardous waste collection center or event. Find where to recycle or dispose fluorescent lamps and tubes at Where Can I Recycle My…?, or Earth 911, or call 800 CLEAN-UP (253-2687). Enter your zip code to find the nearest recycling center.

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