Bulk Mercury and Mercury Device Recycling
Mercury is frequently used in thermometers, thermostats, electrical and electronic devices, components, and applications. A highly toxic material, mercury must be properly disposed of when removed from use.
Mercury Waste Recycling and Recovery
Mercury is generally managed as a universal waste when contained in an intact mercury device such as a thermometer or thermostat. In other situations, mercury is managed as hazardous waste and must only be treated or processed in regulated trucks or facilities. Lighting Resources trucks and facilities are permitted to handle mercury as a hazardous waste. This also allows Lighting Resources trucks and facilities to manage phosphorous powder and lamps that are intentionally crushed. (Most states consider intentionally crushed lamps to be hazardous waste, whereas lamps that break as a part of the transportation process are considered universal waste.)
Lighting Resources operates state-of-the-art retort ovens to remove mercury from phosphorous powder. Additionally, we are one of the only recyclers to operate triple distillation equipment to return mercury to virgin specifications making it more likely to be reused. Whenever possible Lighting Resources extracts mercury from reusable materials and distills it reuse in a variety of applications. Non-reusable materials are thermally destroyed.
Mercury Devices Accepted for Recycling
Lighting Resources can accept many mercury-containing devices for processing. Some of the types of mercury waste we can accept for recycling include (but are not limited to) the following types. For specific questions, please email Lighting Resources.
- Medical Devices, Manometers, and Thermometers
- Relays and Switches (Including Thermostats)
- Elemental Mercury
- Spill Kits
- Mercury Contaminated Articles
Careful packing of mercury waste for shipping is necessary to avoid breakage or spillage during shipment. Lighting Resources can provide packing containers and materials and shipping labels for your shipments. Our nationwide coverage accommodates weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly, bulk pickup schedules to handle your large-quantity recycling needs. To arrange for large quantity mercury waste recycling, contact Lighting Resources by email or call us at (805) 624-3050.
Lighting Resources’ recycling kit division EZ on The Earth provides a prepaid mailback program. The EZ on the Earth mercury devices recycling kit is designed for easy recycling of intact mercury devices with less than one pound per total mercury in the container.
Please call EZ on the Earth Customer Service at (855) EARTH-55 to arrange shipment of your mercury device recycling kits.
Please Note: Unfortunately, due to regulatory and logistics limitations, we are unable to offer our EZ on the Earth Recycling Kits to customers located in Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and Puerto Rico.