PCB Containing Ballast Disposal
Prior to the 1980, ballasts were manufactured with a dielectric fluid that containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls, also referred to as PCB’s. Due to the non-biodegradable properties, PCB’s are classified as a toxic material and are highly regulated under the Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA).
Waste materials containing over 50 parts per million of PCB’s may only be transported and processed in fully permitted waste facilities. HAZMAT operates nationwide fully permitted waste facilities.
Non-PCB Ballast and Electronic Ballasts
DEHP became the non-PCB standard dielectric fluid used in florescent tubes and other ballast type lamps after 1980 for its low lethal toxicity. Studies have shown affects in certain organs even in low concentration, therefore DEHP is classified as a hazardous substance and must be proper recycled through a full permitted waste facility like HAZMAT facilities.
Disposing of non-PCB and DEHP ballasts in landfills may expose you to liability.
Electronic lighting ballasts are used as alternatives to provide the starting and operating conditions needed for fluorescent lamps and have widespread utility in commercial and residential applications. Electronic lighting ballast uses solid-state electronic circuitry and must be properly disposed of as electronic (e-waste).
Ballast Recycling Options
Large Volume Ballast Recycling
Hazmat, Inc can accommodate scheduled large volume bulk pickups on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and yearly schedules and upon request, can assist with proper packaging for transport.
Small Quantity Ballast Recycling
Although Federal Law strictly forbids shipment of PCB ballasts, PCB ballasts can be processed through HAZMAT’s facilities.
Smaller non-PCB ballast and electronic ballasts can be managed through HAZMAT MailBack recycling kits. HAZMAT MailBack recycling kits include everything needed to properly package your ballasts for FedEx Ground shipment, including a pre-paid return label.
To arrange for small or large quantity PCB ballast recycling service, call (855) 242-9628 to speak to a recycling specialist.
A Certificate of Recycling (COR) is included and will be available once we received and recycled your kit at one of our facilities.