Ballast Waste - Guidance

Generators of ballast waste of required to comply with rules and regulations promulgated by federal, state and local regulatory agencies. The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) specifics disposal requirements; the Department of Transportation requires compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations during transportation of hazardous materials; the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality licenses, inspects and regulates generators, haulers and disposal facilities handling waste.

The safety guidelines, regulations and procedures presented are intended to help generators comply with governmental rules and regulations designed to protect human health and the environment. Strict compliance with these regulations ensures the waste is managed, transported, and disposed of safely and properly while reducing potential liability to the University.

  • All makes and types of ballasts are collected by EHS
  • Remove the ballast from the lighting fixture and place it in the properly labeled container.
  • Keep the lid closed on the ballast pail or drum at all times.
  • A "Lamp Ballast" label must be affixed to the pail or drum. Fill out the label including the "Accumulation Start Date." The accumulation start date is the first day that you begin filling the container with ballasts.
  • All ballasts must be shipped for recycling within one year of the accumulation start date. However, ballasts should only be accumulated for 10 months or less to ensure compliance.
  • All light bulbs should be handled and disposed of separately from ballasts.
  • Place any leaking ballast(s) in a sealed bag and place in a separate, properly labeled closed container.
  • Contact EHS with any questions or when you are ready to have the ballasts collected.