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Shedding some light on led lamp recycling requirements

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It is undisputed that LED lamps have become the leading lighting technology, offering the benefits of energy savings, longevity and quality of light. With the rise of their popularity, several of our customers have inquired as to the regulations regarding their proper disposal and recycling.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s publication W-HW4-62: “Although the bulb portion of most light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are not hazardous and thus not (Universal Waste) lamps, the circuit board to which the LEDs are attached is a regulated electronic waste in Minnesota.” See more from the MPCA on E-waste recycling here.

Some of the reasoning behind the MPCA’s decision to regulate these devices is found in the materials used to construct the lamps themselves. Circuit boards have long been known to contain toxic lead solder (along with several other toxic substances), and is regulated in the State of Minnesota.

To help illustrate the situation, we have taken apart several screw-in style LED bulbs to show the hidden circuit board. Red arrows annotate the photographs and highlight the silver colored solder.


 If you happen to be outside of the State of Minnesota, be sure to check with your local authorities as to the regulations in your area. Even if your State permits you to “throw them away”, the better choice is to recycle them. After all, why would you just landfill them, knowing that your decision will have a lasting impact on our environment, and the world that our children will inherit.

With over 25 years in the lighting and environmental business, we know about LED lighting and waste regulations!

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the regulations of LED lamps and fixtures: 

Consult our haz waste team

If you have not yet made the change to LED lighting, we can help there too! There are many things to consider when making the move to LED; don't take on the project alone:  

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MPCA Rule update for Haz Waste Paperwork Burden


A new rule was handed down from the MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) affecting hazardous waste generators in some metro area Minnesota counties. In short, it relieves some of the paperwork burden for our hazardous waste generator customers.

With the exception of Anoka and Scott counties, generators are no longer required (unless specifically told to do so) to send any copy of a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest in to the MPCA.The requirement for mailing three signature copies to Anoka and Scott counties does not apply to PCB manifests. In all instances it is still required that all generators retain copies of all Manifests for a minimum of 3 years. Read on for more details and links:


Do I have to send copies of my manifests to anyone?

*As of April 30, 2016, the MPCA and Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington Counties no longer require generators of any size to send any manifest copies to them, unless explicitly requested. Do not submit a copy unless explicitly requested. Copies voluntarily submitted will not be reviewed or retained.

All generators of any size in Anoka and Scott County must submit a copy of the Designated Facility to Generator Copy (3-signature copy) to their county within 40 days of the designated facility’s receipt of the waste.

Note: The submittal requirements for Anoka and Scott County do not apply to manifests used for shipping only PCB wastes. Instead, keep these copies in your records and ensure you meet any additional PCB requirements. See MPCA fact sheet #w-hw4-48d, Manifest and Dispose of PCBs, at:


Learn more about Manifest Shipments of Hazardous Waste with this guidance document.

If you have specific questions about this rule or others, you can contact our Haz Team any time!


Consult Hazardous Waste Professionals


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