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New California Law Requiring CFL Recycling

The California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act, which seeks to motivate manufacturers to reduce mercury in CFLs while helping to establish a free and convenient program for consumers to properly dispose of fluorescent lighting, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2010.  According to the new law, manufacturers are not allowed to use funds generated from energy distribution charges for the purchase and distribution of CFLs unless the CFLs meet specified standards, including low levels of mercury, and the manufacturer has implemented a fluorescent lamp recycling program.  Manufacturers that receive the rebate funds must submit an annual lamp recycling activity report and pay an administrative fee not to exceed $5,000 per manufacturer. Retailers who wish to participate in any state-sponsored lighting energy rebate program must provide in-store collection opportunities for recycling fluorescent lamps.