Electrical Ballasts

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Ballasts may contain PCBs, which are hazardous waste.

Trash:
If the ballast says "No PCBs" it is safe for disposal in your regular trash. It is not recyclable through RI's mixed recycling program, eligible for a special drop-off or pick-up program, nor considered household hazardous waste.

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Keep out of Landfill via Special Program:
If the ballasts contain PCBs, this material is hazardous waste.

From a RI household:
Call the Eco-Depot Program for a FREE appointment at 942-1430 x 241 or make an appointment on our website. On this page you can also download our Eco-Depot brochure, listing other HHW items you may have to dispose, and make a single trip.

From any RI source (e.g. household, business, school):
Statewide options for disposal are listed below. Fees may apply. RIRRC does not recommend any one business or organization over another.

This item breaks the basic rule for metal recycling in your bin or cart—it’s not a can, lid, or foil. When it comes to metal, only cans, lids, and foil are eligible for your mixed recycling.

For scrap metal drop-off: When  applicable, always  remove  as  much  non-metal  from  scrap metal items  as  possible  (plastic,  foam,  textile,  etc.).  Scrap  metal  items  that  are  less  than  100%  metal  are  evaluated  on  a  case-by-case  basis.  Fees may apply.