How to Recycle Grow Lights
EYE HORTILUX® is committed to environmental responsibility. We encourage you to recycle your grow lights when you are finished with them. HID lights, HPS lights, and other HORTILUX® grow lamps can be safely recycled. Frequently, lamps contain materials that are better handled by recycling than throwing away in the trash.
EYE Lighting International of North America—which includes EYE HORTILUX®—promotes recycling as the preferred method of lamp disposal.
Many companies recycle lamps regionally and nationally.
EYE environmentally-friendly lamps (EN) can typically be disposed of without being recycled, but recycling is still an option.
All HORTILUX® lamps are packaged in cardboard that can be recycled.
What Is The TCLP Test?
Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure, or TCLP, is a Federal EPA test method. It’s used to characterize waste as either hazardous or non-hazardous for the purpose of disposal.
The TCLP analysis simulates landfill conditions. Over time, water and other liquids permeate through landfills. These liquids often react with the solid waste in the landfill, and may pose public and environmental health risks because of the contaminants it absorbs.
EYE HORTILUX® environmentally-friendly (EN) lamps are characterized as non-hazardous through TCLP testing.
LEAD and the Environment
Lead has long been recognized as a harmful environmental pollutant and a health-risk—especially for children.
We do not use lead in our products. Since 1998, lead has been eliminated in the solder on the base of our lamps, and replaced with an exclusive patented welded lock design.
EYE also uses lead-free glass for all EN lamps, making the product 100% lead-free and more environmentally-friendly.
Mercury and the Environment
It has been determined by the government that mercury may pose a risk to some adults and wildlife populations that consume large amounts of fish that is contaminated by mercury.
Mercury is not released into the environment by operating a lamp. The only opportunity for mercury to release into the air is if the arc tube within the lamp is broken. This usually occurs when lamps are thrown in dumpsters or garbage trucks. Improperly disposing of large quantities of lamps could add to the global mercury content in the environment. Burning hazardous wastes or incineration of disposed materials can also release mercury into the environment.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) encourages the recycling of spent mercury-containing lamps and maintains a list of companies that recycle lamps.
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