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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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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June 11, 2008

:163 PCB’s in Wells

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

1:5:10:163 EcoTip: Prior to 1973 many water wells with submersible pumps had PCBs in the lubrication fluid. A leaking pump will contaminate an entire water supply. If you have a pre-1980 submersible pump – it is now getting really old and is more likely to fail and leak oil into the water. PCB containing submersible pumps must be disposed as hazardous waste.

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If you have a well with a pre 1980 submersible pump the EPA provides information at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/monitoring/tsca/manuals/pcbinspect/pcbinspectapph.pdf

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March 26, 2008

:086 HazMat Disposal

Suggested Review – :029, :056

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

1:5:10:086 Tip: Every county in the U.S. is required to have a plan for household hazardous waste disposal. It may not cover every type of hazard, but most of them are addressed. So if you’ve decided to clean out that pile of unused – whatever, give your county a call first to find out what arrangements they have for disposing of it safely.

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Left over pesticides, herbicides, unused paints and sealants, cleaning products, auto maintenance materials and many other chemicals may be considered hazardous wastes. The label will generally tell you how they must be disposed, but not always. Appliances and electronics contain amazing amounts of hazardous waste materials. Each computer or television contains about 5 pounds of lead. Our appliances also frequently contain mercury switches or thermocouples. Some older fluorescent ballasts and appliances capacitors contain PCBs, fluorescent tubes have mercury, batteries may have lead, mercury and other toxic or hazardous chemicals.

Once you know what options your county has check in on-line at www.earth911.org and entering the item you want to get rid of and your zip code. They provide great information on how to recycle and dispose of just about every type of household hazardous waste product.

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