Alabama Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations

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Quick Facts:

  • Due to mercury concerns, recycling fluorescent bulbs is highly recommended by the Alabama Dept. of Environmental Management and is required for many facilities throughout the state
  • Crushing fluorescent bulbs is allowed in Alabama
  • Prepaid bulb recycling by mail is allowed in Alabama

Recycling Options Available in Alabama:

The Bulb Eater

Crushes fluorescent lamps of any size while removing mercury vapors. Reduces labor, recycling costs, and storage vs. packing lamps

EasyPak Recycling Containers

Fill up containers with bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste at your own pace and mail back via prepaid shipping

Bulk Recycling Pickups

For larger amounts of bulbs, ballasts, batteries, or e-waste. Trucks come pick up waste at your location for recycling




Questions about recycling in your state? Contact us for more information. 

Detailed Alabama Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Regulations 

The stringency table below provides examples of state regulations compared to the EPA regulations.
We strongly recommend that you discuss stringency with your primary state regulatory contact. This information should not be interpreted as definitive legal guidance. This document was produced in June 2004, and we do not guarantee its accuracy after that date, as state policies may change at any time.

("same" means the state policy is the same as the federal policy)

Confused about terminology (CESQG, UW, TCLP, etc.)? Refer to this glossary for help.

Jurisdiction Generator Exemption
Where can waste from CESQG go?
Can the waste be declared non- hazardous, based on TCLP?  Other stringency or exemptions?
Federal EPA Generators producing less than 100 kg (220 pounds) of hazardous waste (HW) or 1 kg acute HW in each month, including all HW generated. CESQGs are exempt from federal rules, but not exempt from liability (40 CFR 261.5) Waste may go to any Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) Wastes that test less than 0.2mg/l soluble mercury are not considered hazardous under federal rules.

Crushing not allowed as UW. Can only be done by generator (40 CFR 262.34); crushed waste not UW- must be managed as RCRA HW. No one may crush third-party lamps without treatment authorization [1].
No mobile treatment units.

Alabama Same Same Same Same

State Regulatory Contacts

Primary Contact Title Agency Address Phone E-Mail
Phil Davis Chief, Industrial Hazardous Waste


PO Box 301463

Montgomery, AL 36130-1463
(334) 271-7755
Secondary Contact Title Phone Area of Responsibility
Clete Stallworth Chief of Industrial Compliance Unit (334) 271-7743 Compliance and enforcement
Gerold Hardy Chief of Land Division (334) 271-7730 All solid and hazardous waste and UWR issues
  ADEM Main Number (334) 271-7700  

More Resources

Web Links and Informational Resources
Guidance Paper (PDF)
Agency Web Site ADEM Home page
Guidelines for Recycling