Fluorescent Lamp Drum-Top Crusher Survey Results

Categories Hazardous Waste

U.S. EPA and State and Territorial (States) regulatory agencies recommend that mercury containing fluorescent lamps be recycled. One device commonly used by industry at the beginning of the recycling process is the drum‐top crusher (DTC). Studies have revealed significant problems with the release of mercury from some DTCs during operation, and there appears to be variability in how States regulate DTCs (from no regulation to requiring a treatment permit). This survey is to quantify the regulatory posture of States with regard to DTCs, to establish a baseline of knowledge, and assist the ASTSWMO Hazardous Waste Recycling Task Force in its dialogue with U.S. EPA on this topic.

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