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Hazardous waste is any waste that can threaten public health or the status quo of the environment. Those batteries you put in your TV remote, the mercury in your compact fluorescent light bulbs - are all considered hazardous waste. Each year, millions of tons of hazardous waste are accumulated by both commercial and residential sectors. Just in America alone, 1.6 million tons of hazardous waste are generated in the household per year. Now throw in commercial and industrial waste - those numbers only grow! Because of all the hazardous waste generated all the time, there is quite a large need to recycle this waste in a safe and environmentally efficient manner.
Both State and Federal governments have enacted laws to prohibit the industrial and commercial sectors from disposing their hazardous waste materials in landfills, or storing them improperly. In the residential sector, laws are still a bit loose, but are expected to be tailored in the near future.
To sustain our environment, it is encouraged to recycle all hazardous waste and keep them out of landfills, which could potentially seep into the ground and pollute our soil and freshwater.
Esco Electrical is proud to offer recycling solutions for all sectors of business and private life. We have partnered with EPSI, Veolia and Disposal Consultant recycling services to ensure our environment remains free of hazardous waste, and that our customers comply with both State and Federal regulations.
What we offer:
• Recycling boxes for mercury-containing fluorescent lamps (linear, U-shaped, compact fluorescent)
• Recycling buckets for both PCB and non-PCB ballasts/alkaline batteries
• Consultation for on-site pick up of hazardous materials (for larger jobs)
How it works:
When you buy a recycling box/bucket, simply store your spent lamps and batteries in their respective containers. When the containers are filled, stick the FedEx shipping label (included with purchase) on the container and call FedEx to pick up the package. You pay nothing for shipping. Once the recycling center receives and processes your hazardous waste, they will mail you a certificate of authentication as proof stating you recycled hazardous waste legally. This will avoid any legal problems or hefty fines with any regulatory body if they ask you for proof of where your hazardous materials go.
Fines for hazardous waste storage/disposal violations are no joke. The DEP can (and has) walked into businesses and asked for proof of hazardous waste recycling. They have also fined for improper storage. Just last year, the DEP fined Shop Vac Corp. over $6,000 for improper storage of their spent fluorescent lamps. Check out that story here.
More info on EPA's hazardous waste regulations here.
Currently, Federal and PA State hazardous waste disposal regulations aren't that stringent on your average joe, mainly because one person produces a small amount of hazardous waste in their household. But as more and more people begin to conserve energy by buying mercury-containing light bulbs, laws will begin to tighten around the private sector.
Here is some info on why compact fluorescent bulbs are considered hazardous waste. Also contains info on how to dispose of spent or broken CFL bulbs.
Some more info on fluorecent lamp recycling and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) here and here