Ballast Recycling by U-WRS is another assurance of our concern for the protection of the environment. U-WRS plays an important part in keeping our environment free of un-necessary contaminants associated with spent lighting ballast by properly recycling. Our ballast recycling services are options that reduce the generator’s liability. The metal components from the non-PCBs ballast such as copper and steel are collected for recovery and reuse.
In 1978 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a ban on manufacturing ballast using PCBs. The agency regulates PCBs in 40CFR, Part 761. Ballast manufactured prior to 1980 contained capacitors that utilized a di-electric fluid that contained Polychlorinated Biphenyls commonly referred to as PCBs. PCBs are classified as a known human carcinogen that has been related to birth defects and other adverse health effects. Many municipal landfills sites are not designed to contain pollutants such as PCBs.
After 1980 a non-PCB alternative known as di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) became the standard for use as the di-electric fluid. DEHP has a low lethal toxicity, but studies show that it can affect certain organs. DEHP is a known hazardous substance and land filling non-PCB lighting ballast does expose you to superfund liability. An alternative to the reactive lighting ballast, the electronic lighting ballast utilizes solid state electronic circuitry to provide the proper starting and operating conditions needed by fluorescent lamps. Electronic lighting ballast can be integrated with or separate from the actual lamp. Integrated electronic ballast are commonly found on mogul base compact fluorescent lamps that are finding wide spread use in commercial as well as residential lighting applications.
Packing, Shipping and Sorting your lighting Ballast:
We recommend that you package large quantities of spent lighting ballast in 55 gallon steel drums. Small quantities of ballast should be packaged in smaller steel / poly drums or buckets.
U-WRS provides an assortment of packing materials as well as labeling supplies for your spent lamp ballast. U-WRS also has an onsite collection program to fit your every recycling need. All containers must be clearly marked as PCB, Non-PCB or Electronic ballast. We have many options available to ensure that you recycle your ballast properly. We can accommodate weekly, monthly, or any pick up schedule. Please call us today to arrange your shipment.