Environmental Health and Safety

Ballast Waste

EHSEM is responsible for the collection and recycling of lamp ballasts generated in buildings across campus.Proper management of ballast waste is essential to protect human health and the environment. Ballasts may contain poly chlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs. Because PCBs are toxic and classified as a persistent organic pollutant, it is imperative that all ballasts on campus be disposed of properly so that no PCBs are released into the environment. Although PCB production was banned in the United States in 1979, it is still possible to find PCB containing ballasts throughout campus.

EHSEM Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance and training to generators to ensure the lamp ballasts are being managed in a manner that is compliant with State and Federal regulations.
  • Collect and transport lamp ballasts from generation sites to collection areas in compliance with Department of Transportation regulations.
  • Arrange for the shipment of lamp ballasts to a licensed recycling facility.
  • Maintain records of all shipments of lamp ballasts.
  • Maintain permits and licenses necessary for lamp ballast management and transportation.
  • Serve as a liaison for regulatory agency staff during compliance inspections.
  • Provide generators with a selection of waste containers and labels.
  • Perform compliance audits of waste vendors to ensure adherence with University contract terms and conformance with State and Federal waste regulations.