Tritium Exit Signs Disposal

The challenge as we see it

Tritium EXIT signs must not be disposed of as normal trash. Damaged signs could contaminate the area and require expensive cleanup. 

To dispose of a sign properly, a general licensee must transfer the sign to a specific licensee—such as a manufacturer, distributor, licensed radioactive waste broker or licensed low level radioactive waste disposal facility.

Our differentiated value

We provide an environmentally sound recycling approach for tritium EXIT signs that meets all regulatory requirements and reduces generator liability and administrative burden.

We tailor recycling programs around your needs. By working with us, you can benefit from the following:

  • Five fully-permitted recycling facilities across North America
  • Two RCRA Part B permitted facilities
  • ​TSCA Permitted PCB (PCB Commercial Storer) permitted facility in Phoenix, AZ
  • ISO14001/OHSAS-18001 certifications in Phoenix, AZ
  • ​Solutions for large and small quantities of lamps, ballast and lighting components
  • Company-owned processing equipment, retort ovens and distillation equipment
  • Company-owned nationwide transportation and logistics capabilities
  • Audited and approved 3rd party transportation network
  • Audited and approved downstream processing vendors
  • ​Dedicated account and customer service representatives
  • ​Documented packaging guidelines
  • Customized reporting capabilities

Our solutions for properly disposing of tritium EXIT signs

We can tailor a recycling program depending upon the amount of tritium EXIT signs that you need to properly dispose of. 

We make disposing of tritium EXIT signs easy, by offering customizable solutions that are straight-forward and compliant during every step of the process. 

  • Recycling designed to fit your needs: We have developed recycling solutions for large and small quantities of tritium EXIT signs. Whether you need service for one facility or multiple locations across the country, we can offer a combination of mail-back, prepaid recycling containers for small quantities or can arrange for a pick up for larger quantities.
  • Packaging & transportation: Our ReturnPak kit meets the general package design requirements of 49 CFR 173.410 and comes with an attached prepaid return shipping label, UN2911 DOT label, bubble wrap for filling void space between the exit signs, instructions and pre-addressed transfer notification letters for you to mail to the NRC and appropriate state agency.
  • On-time pick up: When we promise a pick up, we adhere to that promise. Once arrangements are made, you can count on us to be there on time.
  • Documented compliance: Once received and recycled or disposed of properly, we'll issue a certificate, documenting your exit signs were received and managed in accordance with all regulations.

How and why, at a glance

Facilities that use tritium EXIT signs are considered “general licensees,” meaning they do not need a specific license to use the signs. The signs, considered “generally licensed devices,” are designed to be inherently safe so they can be used without the need for radiation training. However, the signs are still subject to certain regulatory requirements and should be properly disposed. 

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