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Fluorescent Lights

Removal and Recycling of Mercury-containing Products from Structures to be Demolished

Prior to demolition of any building or structure in the state, the contractor responsible for the demolition activity or the owner of the building or structure to be demolished shall remove all fluorescent lights and thermostats that contain mercury from the building or structure to be demolished.

No person shall knowingly dispose of fluorescent lights and thermostats that contain mercury in a sanitary landfill for the disposal of construction and demolition debris waste that is unlined or in any other landfill that is unlined. View the law here. Recycling required by public agencies Effective July 1, 2011.

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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