Self Luminous Exit Sign - Recycling

What Happens When My Exit Sign Dies?

Yes it can be a sad sight. The fading glow of your self luminous exit sign after it has reached it's stated 10, 15 or 20 year lifespan, struggling to maintain a 5 footcandle minimum. The best way to say goodbye to your old friend is giving her a proper burial.


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Some people might wonder how a self powered exit sign, which glows from a technically radioactive substance, can be Earth friendly. Tritium, the hydrogen gas which glows on contact with phosphor and creates the exit sign's illumination, does have trace amounts of beta radiation. However, the levels are so low they match the same REMs as a home smoke detector.

However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission still takes the disposal and mitigation of tritium very seriously. Currently, there are only a few nuclear waste disposal brokers in the entire continent. Luckily, SLES is on a first name basis with them, and we often place our customers at the front of the queue.

Self Luminous Exit Sign Funeral Process

After you've said your goodbyes to your old friend and exit sign, you will take the following steps to get it recycled. If you have any questions during this process, feel free to call SLES anytime at 800-379-1129. Even if we are not your original vendor, we are only too happy to help.

Get Your RGA Number

  1. Prepay for tritium disposal on our website or over the phone.
  2. We email or fax you at DOT Training & Acknowledgement Form and Serial Number Spreadsheet. Fill this out.
  3. Email back your completed forms.
  4. After processing the order, we will send you an RGA and NRC transfer notice.

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Now That You Have Your RGA Number…

  1. Read our packing instructions, and pack the sign accordingly.
  2. Mail that NRC letter and spreadsheet to:

Director of NMSS

Attn: GLTS

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC 20555-0001

  1. We will advise you on the best ground service shipping to send the exit sign.
  2. Email or fax SLES your shipping checklist.
  3. We then send you a receipt if you desire.


After you've sent out your self luminous exit signs for recycling, the process has left your hands. We will take care of everything else. When it comes to self powered exit signs, we are number one.

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