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Purchasing for Pollution Prevention: Fact Sheet on Mercury Disclosure Requirements and The New Jersey Lamp Contract (PDF version)

For more information on mercury in lamps, see http://www.informinc.org/fact_P3mercury_lamps.php. New Jersey required vendors to disclose the amount of mercury in the mercury-containing lamps sold on its 2002 and 2003 contracts for incandescent, HID, and fluorescent lamps (contract T-1092).

For the entire text of the 2003 bid document (not including price lines) for contract T-0192, see http://www.informinc.org/2003contractlang.txt. For the entire 2003 contract announcement, see http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase/noa/contracts/t0192.shtml.

Mercury Disclosure Language Used In New Jersey's 2003 Contract T-0192: Lamps, Incandescent, HID, Fluorescent, Including Low Mercury

New Jersey used the following language in its May 2003 lamp bid document. See the entire bid document at http://www.informinc.org/2003contractlang.txt.

Bidders must disclose the amount of mercury, in milligrams, for each mercury-added product bid. Space is provided on the pricing page for mercury content disclosure. Mercury-added products shall be defined as any device to which elemental mercury or mercury compounds are intentionally added.

Contractors may not promote to facility employees the disposal of mercury-containing lamps as non-hazardous waste, even if the lamps are legally designated as non-hazardous waste in this state. Contractors must instead promote the recycling of all mercury-containing lamps.

Contract Announcement Mercury Language for New Jersey's 2003 Contract T-0192: Lamps, Incandescent, HID, Fluorescent, Including Low Mercury

New Jersey used the following language to inform contract users regarding mercury in lamps. The full contract announcement is at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase/noa/contracts/t0192.shtml.

When lamps break or are landfilled or incinerated with solid waste, mercury is released to our air and water, increasing the risk of exposure to humans and wildlife that eat contaminated fish. The US Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration have warned children and women of childbearing age in all 50 states not to eat species of fish known to be contaminated with mercury.

"Low mercury" fluorescent tubes, offered by all of the major lighting manufacturers, are rated by manufacturers to last as long as "full dose mercury" lamps.

It is illegal to dispose of most end of life fluorescent and HID lamps in the trash.

All broken mercury containing lamps are hazardous waste, and must be disposed of properly.

Recommendations for lamp requesters:

In accordance with the recommendations of the New Jersey mercury pollution task force, a stakeholder group convened by the Department Of Environmental Protection, the Purchase Bureau urges state agencies and agencies and departments using this contract under cooperative purchasing agreements to:

Purchase "low-mercury" fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent, and high-pressure sodium lamps.

Mercury Content Information Available for Lamps on the 2003 New Jersey Contract T-0192

The information in the following table is taken directly from the contract announcement. Some mercury-added lamps available through the contract are not listed here. For more information, see the contract announcement at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/purchase/noa/contracts/t0192.shtml or contact the vendors directly.

Brand Type Length (inches) Watts Other Information Mercury (mg) Vendor Line Commodity Code Number Unit Price
Philips T12 48 34 12 volt flood light 4.4 Billows 00001 285-50-052398 $0.54
Philips T12 24 35 Fluorescent low-mercury T12 straight 15 Billows 00047 285-50-045423 $1.65
Sylvania T8 10.5 16 Fluorescent T8 lamp 1 5/8" U-bent 6-9 Cooper 00039 285-50-045135 $5.20
GE CFL* 6.06 18 Compact fluorescent 4-pin EOL 11- 30 Graybar 00028 285-50-052438 $1.17
GE T12 48 40 Med bi-pin black 11- 30 Graybar 00043 285-50-052452 $5.77
GE T12 22.5 40 Med bi-pin 3 5/8" spacing 11- 30 Graybar 00044 285-50-052453 $2.71
GE T12 60 50 Fluorescent low-mercury 11- 30 Graybar 00045 285-50-045140 $0.1
GE HID 5.5 50 Metal halide lamp low-mercury, med base 11- 30 Graybar 00053 285-50-045355 $10.00
GE HID 30.5 135 Low-pressure sodium lamps, T21, BY22d base 7-10 Graybar 00064 285-50-045358 $12.86
Sylvania T8 24 25 Med bi-pin linear fluorescent 7-10 Griffith 00008 285-50-052412 $1.43
Sylvania CFL 6.8 26 PL-C cluster 2-pin 13-18 Griffith 00020 285-50-052428 $2.99
Sylvania CFL 5.5 15 Self-ballasted CFL with med screw base 2-4 Griffith 00027 285-50-052437 $5.08
Sylvania T8 24 17 Linear fluorescent 7-10 Griffith 00029 28-50-052439 $1.43
Sylvania CFL 5.8 18 Dimmable, 4-pin base, double tube 2-4 Griffith 00050 28-50-045669 $2.99
Sylvania CFL 5.125 15 Spiral CFL with med screw base 10-14 Griffith 00075 285-50-052407 $4.47
Sylvania CFL 5.5 20 Spiral CFL with med screw base 10-14 Griffith 00078 285-50-052408 $4.47
Philips CFL 7 13 Short fluorescent, 2GX7 base 1.4 Hughes 00026 285-50052436 $0.95
Philips Circ. T9 8.25 22 4-pin circular fluorescent 15 Hughes 00038 285-50-052448 $1.15
Sylvania CFL 5.125 15 Spiral CFL with med screw base 10-15 Jewel 00038 285-50-052448 $1.15
Lumenarc HID n/a 70 Metal halide 8 Lumenarc 00054 285-50-045355 $10.97
Lumenarc HID n/a 100 Metal halide 8 Lumenarc 00055 285-50-045355 $10.97
Lumenarc HID n/a 400 High-pressure sodium lamp 3-4 Lumenarc 00060 285-50-052397 $7.79
Lumenarc HID n/a 75 Mercury vapor 8 Lumenarc 00077 285-50-052424 $7.97
Lumenarc HID n/a Metal halide, med base 8 Lumenarc 00078 285-50-052425 $14.97
GE † T12 48 40 Linear fluorescent 11-30 Rahway 00004 285-50-052404 $2.10
GE † T12 48 40 Linear fluorescent with G13 base 11-30 Rahway 00012 285-50-052416 $3.10
GE Circ. T9 12 32 4-pin circular fluorescent 11-30 Rahway 00019 285-50-052423 $1.05
GE † CFL 7 13 Biax CFL with GX23 base 11-30 Rahway 00023 285-50-052431 $0.72
GE † HID 3.156 250 T type quartzline halogen with mini-cand base 1-10 Rahway 00052 285-50-052490 $2.75
GE † Incand 2.62 15 Incandescent lamp with SC bay base 1-10 Rahway 00070 285-50-052392 $1.71
Sylvania T8 24 17 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 7-10 Regency 00007 285-50-052411 $1.43
Sylvania T8 48 32 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 7-10 Regency 00033 285-50-052443 $1.42
Sylvania T8 48 32 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 7-10 Regency 00034 285-50-052444 $1.42
Sylvania T8 22.5 31 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 6-9 Regency 00036 285-50-052446 $5.19
Sylvania T8 22.5 31 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 6-9 Regency 00037 285-50-052447 $5.19
Philips CFL 7 13 Compact fluorescent black light 5.5 TAB 00005 285-50-052409 $0.841
Philips T8 18 15 Linear fluorescent 1.4 TAB 00006 285-50-052410 $0.696
Philips T12 36 30 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 3.5 TAB 00009 285-50-052413 $0.883
Philips T12 48 34 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 4.4 TAB 00011 285-50-052415 $0.55
Philips CFL n/a 7 Compact fluorescent 5.5 TAB 00013 285-50-052417 $0.789
Philips T12 96 60 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 6.8 TAB 00014 285-50-052418 $1.174
Philips T12 22.5 34 U-bent fluorescent 4.4 TAB 00016 285-50-052420 $1.89
Philips T12 22.5 40 U-bent fluorescent 4.4 TAB 00017 285-50-052421 $1.984
Philips T12 22.5 34 U-bent fluorescent 4.4 TAB 00018 285-50-052422 $1.984
Philips CFL n/a 7 Short fluorescent 5.5 TAB 00024 285-50-052432 $0.789
Philips CFL n/a 9 Short fluorescent 5.5 TAB 00025 285-50-052433 $0.789
Philips T8 36 25 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 3.5 TAB 00030 285-50-052440 $1.766
Philips T8 48 32 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 3.5 TAB 00031 285-50-052441 $1.09
Philips T8 48 32 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 3.5 TAB 00032 285-50-052442 $1.09
Philips T8 48 32 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 4.4 TAB 00035 285-50-052445 $0.55
Philips T12 36 30 Linear fluorescent with med bi-pin base 3.5 TAB 00046 285-50-045422 $0.883
Philips T12 22.5 34 U-bent fluorescent with med bi-pin base 4.4 TAB 00048 285-50-045350 $1.89
Philips T12 22.5 40 U-bent fluorescent with med bi-pin base 4.4 TAB 00049 285-50-045351 $1.984
Philips HID 8 5/16 250 Metal halide with mog. base 34 TAB 00056 285-50-045355 $7.605
Philips HID 11.5 400 Metal halide with mog. base 49.5 TAB 00057 285-50-045355 $7.221
Philips HID 15 3/8 1000 Metal halide with mog. base 154 TAB 00058 285-50-045355 $17.44
Philips HID 5 7/16 70 Low-pressure sodium, medium base 15.7 TAB 00062 285-50-052406 $7.221
Philips HID 15 3/8 1000 Metal halide with mog. base 154 TAB 00072 285-50-052454 $17.35
Philips HID 8 5/16 175 Metal halide with mog. base 25.75 TAB 00079 285-50-052426 $6.732
Philips HID 8 5/16 250 Metal halide with mog. base 34 TAB 00080 285-50-052427 $7.605
Philips HID 44 1/8 180 Low-pressure sodium with DC bay base TAB 00063 285-50-045357 $20.00
Philips CFL 22 ½ 38 Long fluorescent with 4-pin base 4.4 Warshauer 00022 285-50-052450 $3.73
Philips T5 22.6 40 Fluorescent 1.4 Warshauer 00041 285-50-052450 $3.73

* Compact fluorescent

† Descriptions incompatible with item numbers

Mercury Content Information Available for Lamps on the 2002 New Jersey Contract T-0192

Brand Type Length (inches) Watts Other Information Mercury (mg) Vendor Line Commodity Code Number Unit Price
Philips T8 48 32 PG 27 med bi-pin low-mercury 3.5 Billows 00002 285-50-045134 $1.07
GE T12 60 50 P/L 9001 31-60* Graybar 00010 285-50-045140 $0.25
GE T12 22.5 34 Med bi-pin 6" leg U-bent low-mercury 31-60* Graybar 00014 285-50-045350 $0.88
GE T12 22.5 40 Med bi-pin 6" leg U-bent low-mercury 60 Graybar 00015 285-50-045351 $0.88
Sylvania T8 24 17 Straight med bi-pin 6" leg 10 Griffith 00004 285-50-045366 $1.47
Sylvania T8 22.5 32 U-bent med bi-pin 10 Griffith 00008 285-50-045136 $3.51
Sylvania T4 6 18 Dimming tube lamp compact quad 10 Griffith 00018 285-50-045669 $3.20
Sylvania T8 36 25 Straight med bi-pin 5.1-9.8 † Jewel 00003 285-50-045365 $1.50
Sylvania T8 10.5 16 1 5/8" U-bent med bi-pin 5.1-9.8 † Jewel 00005 285-50-045135 $5.25
Sylvania T8 16.5 24 1 5/8" U-bent med bi-pin 5.1-9.8 † Jewel 00006 285-50-045368 $6.48
Sylvania T8 22.5 31 1 5/8" U-bent med bi-pin 25 Jewel 00007 285-50-045369 $4.90
None T12 48 40 Low-mercury straight med bi-pin <10 Rexel 00011 285-50-045421 $0.56
Philips T12 36 30 Low-mercury straight 3.5 Tab 00012 285-50-045422 $0.884
Philips T8 60 40 Low-mercury straight med bi-pin 3.5 Turtle 00001 285-50-045364 $1.75
GE T12 24 35 Low-mercury straight <10 Grainger 00013 285-50-045423 $0.80
Philips T5 22.6 40 High-lumen twin Warshauer 00019 285-50-045670 $3.80

*Although the New Jersey Notice of Award states that these lamps contain 0.31 to 0.60 mg mercury, Patrick McHugh of Graybar Electric (the vendor) told INFORM on February 13, 2003, that these lamps actually contain 31 to 60 mg of mercury.

† For some styles, the mercury content may average as little as 5.1 mg plus or minus 30 percent, the equivalent of 3.6 mg to 6.6 mg. For other styles, the mercury may average as much as 7.5 plus or minus 30 percent, the equivalent of 5.3 to 9.8 mg. Personal communication, Robert Kilroy, Jewel Electric Supply Company, February 20, 2003.