It is illegal to dispose of fluorescent light bulbs in Michigan by simply discarding them into the trash. You must follow the Michigan laws which are in place to protect the health and safety of you and your fellow citizens. In fact, if you are caught improperly disposing of light bulbs in Michigan, you can face a serious fine.
One method that you can use to dispose of the spent light bulbs is to use our Fluorescent Light Bulb Crusher. This crusher will vacuum suck in, and shred, straight lamps and U-shaped lamps. They will then collect inside of the 55 gallon drum which the crusher is mounted to. Once the drum is completely filled, you simply call Akon and we will schedule a recycling company to come out and pick up the drum(s) for recycling. This crusher is generally ideal for electrical contractors, or any facility which has hundreds or even thousands of fluorescent light bulbs which will eventually require disposal.
Click this link to view the Michigan’s review of the light bulb crusher.
Why Does Michigan Oversee Fluorescent Light Bulb Disposal
While fluorescent light bulbs are much more efficient than an incandescent bulb, they do pose a serious health risk and environmental risk should they break open at a landfill. The mercury contained within these lamps is very dangerous and can pollute a great deal of water should it leak into the water system. In fact, just one broken lamp can pollute 6,000 gallons of water. While each individual lamp does not have a great deal of mercury, the combination on many of them can do a great deal of harm.
Fluorescent Light Bulb Disposal In Michigan
Michigan wishes that all of their citizens practice safe recycling of all fluorescent light bulbs, especially commercial users who handle hundreds, if not thousands of bulbs. If you choose to use our drum top light bulb crusher, then you must apply for and then be approved for a permit prior to using the machine. You can get this application here or simply go to the MDEQ site.
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