Why Recycle the Non PCB Ballast
If you have those fluorescent tube lights in your home or your office, then you probably already know how important it is to recycle the lights themselves. However, did you know that it is also important to recycle the ballasts? If you do not know what a ballast is, then in layman’s terms, it is the electronic and metal circuitry that the light connects to. In order to make sure the light works properly and does not flicker, these ballasts have to work properly. However, just as the light will burn out from time to time, so too will the non PCB ballast. That means it needs to be disposed of properly.
Why should some piece of metal and circuitry be recycled? There is a very important reason for this. These ballasts contain a large amount of heavy metals (they are very similar to computer circuit boards.) When the metals from the non PCB ballast gets sent to the landfill, which is just what will happen if you throw it into the trash, then a big problem can come about. As rain falls on the land fill, the toxins from the heavy metals will leak into the ground waters. Ground waters are the waters deep in the earth that are the source of our drinking water. The more heavy metals that leak into the ground, the more danger we are in of such conditions as lead poisoning.
Where to Recycle
The good news is that it is quite easy to recycle the non PCB ballast. All you need to do is locate a recycling center that focuses on recycling or properly disposing of lights, glass and metals. Then, you can easily take any burnt out non PCB ballast that you have to the center and have it recycled properly.
The non PCB ballast should be recycled just as you would recycle any lights or lighting equipment. This is the best choice for our safety as well as the safety of the environment.