1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

June 12, 2008

:164 PCB’s in Ballasts

Filed under: :164 PCB's in Ballasts — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:04 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:164 EcoTip: On the topic of PCB’s Fluorescent light fixture ballasts manufactured in 1979 and before may contain PCB’s. If you have older fixtures they should be checked and any PCB containing ballasts replaced. The old ballast should be disposed as a hazardous waste as discussed in :086.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :086

Replacing PCB containing ballasted fluorescent fixtures now can help avoid a toxic release should the ballast begin leaking the oil and will end up saving you money in the long run since the newer fixtures are more energy efficient.

New ballasts will have the words “No PCBs” on the label. If it is an older ballast and it is not marked – it is probably simplest to dispose of it by assuming it is hazardous household waste and using the service your county is required to provide.

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