PASADENA, Calif. (PRWEB) February 8, 2006
Effective today, the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) has issued a directive prohibiting the disposal of fluorescent lamps, tubes and bulbs. After February 8th, all fluorescent lamps and tubes in California must be taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler or an authorized recycling facility.
Todd Hill, founder and CEO of trueCycle, Inc., a California Authorized e-waste recycler, announced today that trueCycle will begin accepting fluorescent discards immediately, “trueCycle is committed to protecting the environment from toxic E-waste pollutants that needlessly threaten to corrupt and destroy our lands and vital resources.” Hill, a technology expert who sits on numerous councils for the EPA, explains, “Fluorescent light tubes are considered hazardous waste when discarded because they contain mercury. When these lamps or tubes are placed in the trash they break and release mercury vapor into the environment.
Corporations and municipalities can be caught unprepared because they can no longer dispose of these products in trash sent to landfills.”
Joe Patricko, trueCycle’s Health and Safety Manager adds, “Fluorescent lamps contain mercury, a powerful neurotoxin and bio accumulator. The landfill disposal of fluorescent fixtures, has lead to soil and ground water mercury contamination. trueCycle takes pride in assisting consumers to control and repair this environmental damage by offering other, non-landfill based, disposal methods for mercury-containing lamps.”
According to the California Integrated Waste and Management Board, nearly 75 million waste fluorescent lamps and tubes are generated annually in California. These lamps and tubes contain more than a half a ton of mercury. CEO Hill states, “With the passage of recent regulations, such as the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and now the new CIWMB directive, the majority of electronic devices headed for disposal must be treated as hazardous waste. trueCycle guarantees compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations for the proper disposal of end-of-use electronic equipment, and welcomes the opportunity to assist the community in the appropriate collection and disposal of these items.”
trueCycle maintains corporate offices in Pasadena, California and operations facilities in Placerville and Victorville providing asset management services, electronics waste materials reclamation, environmentally responsible recycling, volume reduction processing, due diligence environmental certification, and equipment tracking services.
Todd Hill is available for interviews.
Contact Marie Oser, 805-446-2908.
for trueCycle, Inc.
Todd R. G. Hill, 866.668.1888
SOURCE: trueCycle, Inc.