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Illinois Lawmakers pass legislation for the disposal of fluorescent and high intensity lamps

Illinois House Bill (HB) 2164 became law on August 19, 1997,exempting only householders. This law designates fluorescent and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps as universal waste, a category of hazardous wastes, because of their mercury content. This designation dramatically changed the allowable management practices for these lamps. Most notably, as universal waste lamps, they no longer must be disposed of in hazardous waste landfills as long as they are properly recycled or pass the TCLP test. The universal waste designation allows the lamps to be handled with less paperwork and licensing. While they may not be disposed of in municipal landfills or incinerators in Illinois unless they pass TCLP testing, they are easier to process to a recycler for destruction.

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Fluorecycle, Inc. has constructed a state-of-the-art lamp recycling facility. This facility meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements. We have been working closely with the IEPA to ensure our facility not only complies with the letter of the regulations, but also with IEPA's intent and vision of a statewide recycling program. Our efforts have been instrumental in helping the IEPA define their spent mercury-containing lamp management policy.

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