What are the rules?
Mercury-containing devices such as fluorescent lamps and ballasts are classified as hazardous waste. Columbia University's Morningside Campus complies with federal regulations for their disposal and recycling in all academic and administrative buildings.
Who collects recycling?
Spent lamps from academic and administrative buildings are replaced by Facilities staff and are brought to a secure centralized storage area. Northeast Lamp Recycling regularly removes lamps for disposal and recycling. If you need a fluorescent lamp replaced in your department or building, place a service request with Facilities.
How much are we generating?
The Morningside Campus recycles approximately four and a half tons of this hazardous or potentially hazardous waste, including electronic waste, each year.