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How to properly dispose of neon signs?

Discussion in 'LEDs and Neon' started by ColoPrinthead, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. ColoPrinthead

    ColoPrinthead Swollen Member

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    Can anyone here enlighten me as to whether there is a proper way to dispose of unbroken neon signs? Is it safe to just toss it in a dumpster?

    TIA
     
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  2. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    That's a good question. Every sign shop I've seen tosses it in the garbage...or collects it outside in their backyard along with every other sign they've taken down since opening their business.

    I think I usually just keep them in the sign when I take them to the scrap yard and let them deal with it.
     
  3. Martin Denton

    Martin Denton Member

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    Sell them on EBay - be surprised how many people want a neon sign for their Kitchen or Beer Garden, :)
     
  4. The Sign Goddess

    The Sign Goddess New Member

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    Due to the mercury, we recycle it just like fluorescent bulbs. We do service signs so we have a recycler that comes to our shop to pick up.
     
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  5. KMC

    KMC Graphic Artist

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    not all of them will have mercury in it but then again its always better to be safe (but the amount of mercury will be less than whats in a thermometer) they only add that to make the neon or argon pop

    as for neon or argon gas they are non toxic
     
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  6. ColoPrinthead

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    If you know anyone who wants one that reads "AERA RUGS" send them my way
     
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