Currently, all mercury-containing lamps are prohibited from the waste stream by the汞管理法. 这包括市场上被称为“低汞”的绿色灯头。由于节能灯含有少量汞，因此需要对其进行适当的处理和处置。幸运的是，回收这些灯既便宜又容易。这些产品的安全处置对于法规遵从性、员工安全以及保护人类健康和环境非常重要。
How do fluorescent lamps get recycled?
If you only need to dispose of small quantities of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or other mercury containing lamps, your local transfer station, DPW, or town hall may offer a municipal recycling option for small businesses. Many retail establishments, including Home Depot, Whole Foods, Aubuchon Hardware, and others offer free take-back programs for most types of lamps. Please call these locations in advance to ensure they will take the types and quantities of lamps you have.
For larger quantities of lamps, you can work directly with a lamp recycler. Area recycling companies can provide FedEx mail-in programs, on-site pick up or other options for the safe and proper collection and recycling of your lamps. To find a hauler or processor for lamps in your area, search theRecyclingWorks数据库and contact RecyclingWorks for additional guidance.
Intact fluorescent bulbs are handled under theUniversal Waste Rule（pdf）简化对其处理、储存和运输的限制，以方便回收。破损的灯泡被视为危险废物，需要额外处理。
Boxes of bulbs are picked up and delivered to a recycler where they are handled properly to capture the mercury and recycle the other components of the bulbs.
The lamps are 100% recyclable. The metal cap and the glass component get recycled in the standard glass and metal recycling process. The captured mercury is handled safely and sent to processors who treat it and make it available for use in new mercury-containing products.
Learn about recycling other materials
For more information on other commonly recycled materials visit these pages:
- 了解如何start or improve your own recycling program.
- Find a hauler or processor for recyclable materials in your area, search our回收r Database
- Find out how you can purchase recycled products, check out ourBuying Recycled Productssection.
- For more information on recycling in Massachusetts check out the MassDEP Factsheet:Where does it all go?
- Learn about马萨诸塞州废物禁令
- For the latest information on topics ranging from regulatory requirements to guidance on cleaning up broken bulbs to permitted lamp recyclers, visit the水银灯spage on the MassDEP website.
- DownloadMassDEP compliance fact sheets
- DownloadGuide for cleaning up broken fluorescent bulbs