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The type and quality of lighting in your workplace sets the tone for employee comfort and can affect employee productivity and work quality. It can also be a significant contributor to your electric bill.
Incorporating energy-efficient lamps and ballasts, as well as a mix of lighting controls, can lower your energy costs and ensure adequate lighting for all areas within your office.
Energy-efficient fluorescent lighting includes long fluorescent bulbs used in overhead light fixtures, as well as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs come in many shapes and shades and can be used for task lighting in a variety of settings. In fact, Local Law 119 of 2005 bans the purchase of incandescent lights by any NYC agency unless there is no alternative available.
Here are suggestions for increasing the lighting efficiency of your organization, and ways to handle the safe disposal of your fluorescent lamps:
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Numerous vendors across the country accept and process lamps and ballasts for recycling. Most vendors require that whole lamps be repackaged in their original boxes (or in boxes provided by the recycler) and shipped to the vendor’s recycling facility.
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FLUORESCENT AND OTHER MERCURY CONTAINING LAMPS
In accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, fluorescent lamps are categorized as “universal wastes.” In addition, the NY State Mercury-Added Consumer Products Law requires all Mercury-Containing Lamps, including "green-tip" or "low-mercury" lamps be handled as universal waste.
Generated in a wide variety of settings, universal wastes include such items as hazardous batteries, hazardous mercury-containing thermostats, certain pesticides, and hazardous lamps.
While handlers of universal wastes meet less stringent standards for storing, transporting, and collecting wastes, they must comply with full hazardous waste requirements for final recycling, treatment, or disposal.
This means that businesses and agencies must recycle all fluorescent lamps (with the exception of small businesses with 100 or less employees disposing of 15 or less non-hazardous waste lamps per month). NYC residents can find information at lighting tips at home.
Ballasts are devices used with an electric discharge lamp to limit the amount of current in the electrical circuit.
Check with your fluorescent lamp recycler to see if they accept ballasts, for a list of fluorescent lamp recyclers, see products and services.
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Tips for your agency:cafeteria | garage and repair shop | maintenance | office | restroom | shipping and receiving | yard
Tips for businesses:green building | healthcare | manufacturing | office | restaurant | retail | workplace relocation