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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Assistance and Customer Service - Agency Requirements

Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

Fluorescent Lights

Recycling Required by Public Agencies

Each state agency, including the General Assembly, the General Court of Justice, universities, community colleges, public schools and political subdivisions using state funds for the construction or operation of public buildings shall establish a program in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Administration for the collection and recycling of all spent fluorescent lights and thermostats that contain mercury generated in public buildings owned by each respective entity. The program shall include procedures for convenient collection, safe storage and proper recycling of spent fluorescent lights and thermostats that contain mercury and contractual or other arrangements with buyers of the recyclable materials. 

Each state agency, including the General Assembly, the General Court of Justice, universities, community colleges, the Department of Public Instruction on behalf of the public schools, and political subdivisions shall submit a report on or before Dec. 1, 2011, that documents the entity's compliance with the requirements of subsection (a) of this section to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Administration. The departments shall compile the information submitted and jointly shall submit a report to the Environmental Review Commission on or before Jan. 15, 2012, concerning the activities required by subsection (a) of this section. The information provided shall also be included in the report required by G.S. 130A 309.06(c). Recycling required by public Agencies Effective July 1, 2011.

For counties and municipalities, the General Assembly made changes in the 2011 Session that make the provisions of Session Law 2010-180 only applicable to local governments that receive state grant funds. Please review with your finance office or manager whether or not your community has received, is currently receiving or is expected to receive state grant funding for the operation and maintenance of buildings. If that is the case, please then complete this mandatory report. If it is not the case, we still welcome and encourage you to fill out the report and to be aware that the provisions of the RCRA Universal Waste regulations still apply to your management of fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermostats and other mercury-containing devices.

Generators should contact the N.C. Division of Waste Management at (919) 707-8200 with all questions related to the regulatory status of fluorescent lamps.

N.C. DENR strongly encourages all generators, including households, to recycle all lamps containing mercury, regardless of their regulatory status.

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