Low Mercury Fluorescent Lamps: Partially due to Florida's and other states' efforts in regulating the
management of mercury-containing lamps and devices, source reduction activities have increased on the part of lamp and
device manufacturers. As mentioned earlier, the lamp manufacturing industry has achieved an 80% reduction of mercury
in their fluorescent lamp products since the early 1990's. This has resulted in the introduction of low mercury fluorescent
lamps by all 3 major manufacturers (GE, Osram Sylvania and Philips) that are non-hazardous under the US EPA's Toxicity
Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) test for mercury (< 0.2 parts per million of leachable mercury per lamp).
Under Florida law these low mercury fluorescent lamps may not be incinerated in a municipal waste combustor and are subject
to landfill disposal bans or restrictions. The Department has sent letters to the 3 major manufacturers
detailing disposal bans and restrictions for these low mercury fluorescent lamps, including a list of counties in Florida
that incinerate part or all of their waste. The Department strongly recommends the recycling of all mercury containing lamps,
including the low mercury fluorescent lamps and including lamps from household users.