Packaging and Handling

FLUORESCENT LAMP  -  fluorescent bulb

  • DO NOT
    • Break or crush lamps
    • Stack boxes over 5 ft high
    • Tape lamps together
    • Place Different length lamps in the same box
  • Waste lamps can be stored and shipped in the original manufacturer packaging or in boxes of like or greater strength and size
  • Pack lamps in a way to protect them from breakage
  • Avoid packing too many lamps in a box however tight packing reduces breakage
  • Reusable corrugated containers for 4-foot and 8-foot lamps are available from Midwest
  • Affix ‘Universal Waste’ (white) label.       Affix ‘Class 9’ label (black and white diamond shaped) with black and white bars pointing up
    • ALL CONTROLLED WASTE MUST BE LABELED IN CLEAR SIGHT    
    • DO NOT get sighted for failing to label a controlled waste
  • Store spent lamps in a clean, dry, safe place out of traffic

4-Foot Lamps:

    • Approximately 35 four-foot lamps will fit into a standard manufacturers’ T-12 shipping box
    • When full, close and tape the end to prevent lamps from sliding out of the box
    • Stack boxes of lamps on standard wooden shipping pallet five boxes across and no more than six boxes high (Limiting stacking height to six tiers prevents crushing lamps on the bottom tier)
    • Place less than full boxes on the top tier to prevent crushing less than full boxes on lower tiers
    • Secure to shipping pallet with shrink wrap or other suitable medium

8-Foot Lamps:

    • Approximately 17 eight-foot lamps will fit into a standard manufacturers T-12 shipping box
    • Handle and stack in the same manner as with four-foot lamps

Compacts / “U” Bend / Circuline:

    • Waste lamps can be stored and shipped in the original manufactures packaging or in boxes of like or greater strength and size
    • Place crumpled paper in bottom and top of box with sufficient cushion on all sides
    • Tape box and secure to shipping pallet with shrink wrap or other suitable medium

Crushed Lamp waste:

    • Place and seal in a heavy plastic bag inside a rigid container

HID / INCANDESCENT LAMP  -  fluorescent lamps 2

  • DO NOT BREAK LAMPS
  • Carefully place lamps back into original manufacturers’ box or in boxes of like or greater strength and size
  • Tape boxes closed
  • Affix ‘Universal Waste’ (white) label to the drum. Affix ‘Class 9’ label (black and white diamond shaped) with black and white bars pointing up
  • Separate Non-PCB ballast from PCB ballast
    • Non-PCB will have “Non-PCB’ or “No-PCBs” printed on the label
    • If label does not have “Non-PCB” or “No PCB” printed on it or the label is missing, the ballast must be assumed to containing PCB
  • Pack PCB-containing ballast in an USDOT approved 1AY200 (17H) steel bolt lock top drum
  • Pack known Non-PCB ballasts in an USDOT approved steel drum
  • Pack drums no more than ¾ full or up to 750 pounds (approximately 200 F40 ballasts)
  • Affix ‘PCB’ (universal waste) or ‘Non-PCB’ (green) labels and ‘Class 9’ (black and white diamond shaped) labels to drums
  • Separate and pack batteries by type; NiCad, lithium, metal hydride, lead acid, alkaline, etc. when ever possible (Midwest can sort at recycling)
  • Tape contacts to prevent arcing
  • Pack wet batteries in plastic drums or buckets
    • Wet batteries too large to fit in drums should be secured to spill pallets for transport
    • If the batteries are contained within an outer steel box such as those used in forklifts, etc, they may be transported on regular shipping pallets of sufficient strength to support the weight
    • Seal lids to prevent water entering the drum or bucket
  • Packing dry batteries in double corrugated containers is acceptable
  • Affix ‘Universal Waste’ (white) label and ‘Class 8’ label
  • Electronic items may be palletized and secured with shrink wrap
  • Electronic items may be shipped in cubic yard boxes

BALLASTS  -  ballasts

  • Separate Non-PCB ballast from PCB ballast
    • Non-PCB will have “Non-PCB’ or “No-PCBs” printed on the label
    • If label does not have “Non-PCB” or “No PCB” printed on it or the label is missing, the ballast must be assumed to containing PCB
  • Pack PCB-containing ballast in an USDOT approved 1AY200 (17H) steel bolt lock top drum
  • Pack known Non-PCB ballasts in an USDOT approved steel drum
  • Pack drums no more than ¾ full or up to 750 pounds (approximately 200 F40 ballasts)
  • Affix ‘PCB’ (universal waste) or ‘Non-PCB’ (green) labels and ‘Class 9’ (black and white diamond shaped) labels to drums

BATTERIES  -  Batteries

  • Separate and pack batteries by type; NiCad, lithium, metal hydride, lead acid, alkaline, etc. when ever possible (Midwest can sort at recycling)
  • Tape contacts to prevent arcing
  • Pack wet batteries in plastic drums or buckets
    • Wet batteries too large to fit in drums should be secured to spill pallets for transport
    • If the batteries are contained within an outer steel box such as those used in forklifts, etc, they may be transported on regular shipping pallets of sufficient strength to support the weight
    • Seal lids to prevent water entering the drum or bucket
  • Packing dry batteries in double corrugated containers is acceptable
  • Affix ‘Universal Waste’ (white) label and ‘Class 8’ label

ELECTRONICS  -  Circuit Boards

  • Electronic items may be palletized and secured with shrink wrap
  • Electronic items may be shipped in cubic yard boxes

MERCURY DEVICES  -  Mercury

  • Mercury devices must be contained in a sealed container or drum
  • Affix ‘Universal Waste’ (white) label to the drum. Affix ‘Class 9’ label (black and white diamond shaped) with black and white bars pointing up

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