Nationally, about 600 million lamps are disposed of annually, each containing 12 – 50 milligrams of mercury, with some high intensity discharge lamps containing as much as 250 milligrams of mercury.
These lamps and PCB ballasts must be properly recycled. During the handling of these lamps many break, releasing mercury vapor to the handler and the environment. Solid waste incineration or landfill of mercury containing lamps releases the mercury back into the environment. Some lamps may also contain lead in the glass and lead solder.
While these lamps help consumers and businesses cut their lighting energy usage and reduce energy costs, it is important that any product containing mercury be properly managed when it becomes waste to protect public health and the environment.
APT provides easy and convenient options for both businesses and consumers to recycle waste mercury-containing lamps.