Canada: Light Recycling
Three provinces — British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec — have light recycling plans in place.
 

While there is no national light-recycling plan in place in Canada, three provinces have established their own regulations: British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec.

The programs, all of which are operated by the Product Care Assn., are funded by fees remitted by the members — retailers, distributors and manufacturers. The fees are based on the number of units sold in the province during the reporting period and members have the option of passing these fees onto their customers. The fee may be shown separately on the product receipt, incorporated directly into the price of the product or absorbed.

British Columbia
This program is most comprehensive. The British Columbia Recycling Regulation requires the “producers” (first importers, including retailers, distributors and manufacturers) of all lamps, ballasts and fixtures sold into the residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors in the province to be part of an approved stewardship program, LightRecycle, which was created in 2010. LightRecycle is a non-profit program that recycles all lighting products at collection sites across the province.

Product                                                          Fee per unit
CFL                                                                 $.15
Designated small fixtures                                $.15
Fluorescent less than or equal to 2 feet          $.20
Fluorescent between 2 and 4 feet                   $.40
Fluorescent greater than 4 feet                       $.80
Incandescent/halogen                                     $.05
LED                                                                 $.15
Non-linear/commercial fixtures                       $1.40
Portable/small outdoor/decorative fixtures     $.85
 

Manitoba
The Manitoba Household Hazardous Waste program began May 1, 2012, and accepts residential-use fluorescent lamps. As of July 2013, more than 70 collection sites existed.

Product                                                        Fee per unit
CFL                                                               $.15
Fluorescent less than or equal to 2 feet        $.20
Fluorescent between 2 and 4 feet                 $.40
Fluorescent greater than 4 feet                     $.55

Quebec
Quebec’s program, RecycFluo, accepts mercury-containing light bulbs and fluorescent tubes for residential or commercial use. There are more than 400 collection
sites across the province.

Product                                                        Fee per unit
CFL                                                               $.20
Fluorescent less than or equal to 2 feet       $.30
Fluorescent between 2 and 4 feet                $.50
Fluorescent greater than 4 feet                    $1.00
 

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