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Large volume generators (LVGs) can recycle light bulbs, tubes, fixtures and ballasts free of charge with LightRecycle, providing the required quantities are met.

A range of recycling options exist through the program for large volume generators with lighting products used in institutional, commercial or industrial applications. Depending on the type and volume of products, large volume generators such as businesses, contractor, relampers, schools, hospitals and building managers may apply for a no-charge direct pick up. For a full list of accepted products, click here.

Please note: while the program will pick-up lamps directly from large volume generators (contractors, schools, hospitals, building managers, municipalities etc.) with enough lamps to qualify for this service, generators do not receive payment for their lamps unless they are acting as a service provider to the program, as outlined below.

An extensive network of collection sites also exist for generators with large volumes of lighting products to drop off across the province.

Are you a homeowner/consumer with a small quantity of light bulbs or tubes?
LightRecycle includes over 200 collection sites for consumers with household quantities of residential-use lamps (maximum of 16). See the BC Consumers page.

Lighting ballasts are replaceable components designed to regulate or transfer the electrical current/energy in a lighting fixture and may be present in fluorescent and other vapour lamps/lighting fixtures in your home, place of business or community institutions.

Ballasts manufactured prior to 1980 may contain Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) based oils for cooling and insulation. PCB-containing lighting ballasts are classed as Waste Articles Containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (class 9, UN2315, PGII) under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR).

Ballasts manufactured after July 1st, 1980 likely do not contain PCB oils.

The easiest way to tell the difference is to read the label on the ballast and look for “non PCB,” “no PCB”or “PCB free”wording. If this is NOT apparent, check the date/catalogue code of the ballast and refer to the following table:

PCB-Containing Ballasts
AEROVOX –CANADA (AE) AE 7806 OR OLDER (first two digits are year & last two are the month June 1978 = 7806)FIFTH DIGIT IS “F” F= contains PCBs
AEROVOX –USA (AH) AH 7806 OR OLDER (first two digits are year & last two are the month June 1978 = 7806)FIFTH UNIT IS “F” F= contains PCBs
ADVANCE BALLASTS OLDER THAN 1-79 (Jan 1979 First two digits month, last two digits year)
Fluorescent Lamp ballasts Between “AA” (1969, Jan) and “LL”(1980,Dec)(first letter is year A=1969,second letter is month A=Jan)
HID Lamps containing capacitors IF TYPE NUMBER LACKS “N”Does NOT end in ‘N’ = contains PCBs
CGE NUMBER 8703 AND OLDER (numbers are reversed March 1978 = 8703)7 letter number digit codeDoes NOT end in E, E1, ER or EW= contains PCBs
GE – USA Ends in N or A contains PCBs Ends in T = may contain PCBsDoes NOT end in E or W =containsPCBs
HOLOPHANE CANADA HID lamp ballastsCapacitor BAAnnn (nnn – numeric sequence)Does NOT end in BAB = containsPCBs
MAGNATEK POLYGON “High Power Factor” appears on label or OLDER THAN (8007 = JULY 1980)Does NOT have a green sticker = contains PCBs
MAGNATEK UNIVERSAL – USA OLDER THAN A79 (Jan 1979) Alpha numeric A=Jan etc.does NOT have ‘N’ in code or marked non-PCB = contains PCB’s
Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts 1279 OR OLDER(first two digits month & last two are year – Dec, 1979)
Fluorescent Ballast Three digit alpha and number code OLDER THAN A80 (Jan 1980)A = Jan, etc
HID Marked ACA =contains PCBs
SOLA – USA Eight digit alpha and number code OLDER THAN: 79L311EGA = Jan, etc

These products must be identified separately from ballasts that do not contain PCBs and should NOT be taken to LightRecycle collection sites.

LightRecycle will provide a pick-up service to generators with PCB-containing lighting ballasts without charge. To qualify for a pick-up service, generators must:

  • Obtain a BC Generator Number from the Ministry of Environment, as required by law.
  • Properly identify and segregate PCB-containing ballasts from all other products, including non-lighting products and lighting ballasts that do not contain PCBs. For assistance, see chart above.
  • Complete a Generator Declaration Form.
  • Package the PCB-containing ballasts in properly labelled, LightRecycle approved collection containers in accordance with the program’s guidelines.
  • Ensure ballasts that do NOT contain PCBs are NOT placed in the container

LightRecycle will NOT pick-up PCB-containing ballasts if the above requirements are not met.

For more information or to arrange a pick-up of PCB-containing ballasts, please call 604-592-2972 ext. 236 or email