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Washington Law Creates Recycling Program for Mercury-Containing Lamps

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed legislation into law that makes Washington the second state in the nation to require producers of mercury-containing lighting products to fund their recycling. Beginning in 2013, residents will be able to bring fluorescent lamps and tubes to recycling sites, which may be run by local retailers, recycling centers, governments, and others. There will be no fee for dropping off these lamps.  In the new system, manufacturers will pay for the recycling of the lighting products that their industry creates. This approach is already used in Maine, Canada and by many countries in Europe and Asia.

 05/’10 Electrical Contractor