Retailers, wholesalers, and distributorsHow do I know if the bulbs I purchase are compliant with program requirements?
Product wholesalers, retailers, distributors, and electric utilities must check Ecology's List of Producers of Mercury Lights in compliance with the program requirements to ensure that they only purchase lights from compliant producers. Mercury-containing lights from non-compliant producers may not be distributed, sold, or offered for sale for residential use in Washington
How can my facility become a collection site for the LightRecycle program?
If you are interested in becoming a collector, contact LightRecycle Washington's Peter Thermos at 206-850-7383 or peter@LightRecycleWA.org.
How was the Environmental Handling Charge determined?
The Mercury-Containing Lights Law (RCW 70.275) requires producers to finance the stewardship program through an environmental handling charge added to all mercury-containing lights sold at retail locations in the state. The handling charge covers the cost to recycle all lights collected by the program.
On February 28, 2017, PCA recommended an Environmental Handling Charge of 50 cents be applied to each mercury-containing light sold at retail in or into Washington State. Ecology reviewed background materials provided by PCA for this purpose, including a detailed budget review along with a review of an Overview and Assumptions Document. Ecology sent a letter to PCA on April 3, 2017 approving the 50-cent charge. The new charge is effective July 1, 2017.
ProducersDoes Washington consider my company a mercury-containing light producer?
For the purposes of this program, the producer of mercury-containing lights sold in or into Washington State includes a person or entity that:
What are my responsibilities as a producer of mercury-containing lights?
Every producer of mercury-containing lights sold in or into Washington State for retail sale must:
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Where can I find more information on the mercury containing lights product stewardship program plan?
The Updated Washington State Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Plan was approved by Ecology on January 1, 2017.
For questions please contact Joanne Neugebauer-Rex at 360-407-7602 or email@example.com.
What regulations govern the mercury containing lights product stewardship program?
Utilities and local governmentsHow does the mercury-containing lights recycling program affect utilities and local governments?
Mercury-Containing Lights - proper disposal (Chapter 70.275 RCW), establishes a producer-financed product stewardship program for the collection, recycling, and disposal of mercury-containing lights. In March 2014, the law was amended to require the producers to finance the stewardship program through an environmental handling charge added to all mercury-containing lights sold at retail in the state. LightRecycle Washington is in operation as of Jan. 1, 2015.
Some utilities already offer fluorescent light recycling programs and many local governments collect mercury containing lights in their household hazardous waste programs. This product stewardship program should help reduce their costs for managing this waste stream.
If you are interested in becoming a collector, contact Peter Thermos at 206-850-7383 or peter@LightRecycleWA.org.
More informationFor questions about the Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program, please contact:
Washington State Department of Ecology, Attn: Joanne Neugebauer-Rex
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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