See our Resource Centre, FAQ and Member News sections to learn more about the recycling of lighting products in Canada and get useful information specific to manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers that are potentially obligated under provincial regulations.
LightRecycle is a non-profit program to recycle lighting products in British Columbia. Since 2010, LightRecycle has accepted residential-use fluorescent lights at collection sites across the province. Since October 1, 2012, the program accepts all lighting products for recycling without charge, including all types of lights (bulbs and tubes), ballasts and lighting fixtures used in residential, institutional, commercial and industrial applications. Collection options differ based on the type and quantity of lighting products to be recycled.
LightRecycle was developed in response to the requirements of the B.C. Recycling Regulation and is managed by ReGeneration, a non-profit industry association.
ReGeneration’s Manitoba LightRecycle program launched in May 2012 and accepts residential use fluorescent lights (tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs).The program operates according to the requirements of the Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation on behalf of product manufacturers and retailers in the province.
ReGeneration has quickly mobilized a voluntary, interim Ontario LightRecycle program for mercury-containing lamps. The program became operational on October 1st, 2014.
ReGeneration’s efforts are in response to a mandate from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on funding for all waste diversion programs for Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Materials (MHSW) covered under “Phase II” of the Waste Diversion Act (2002), which includes mercury-containing lamps. The MOECC mandate requires that “all funding shall become the full responsibility of the stewards and shall address all costs inclusive of collection through to final diversion or disposal of MHSW.”
Prince Edward Island LightRecycle
On November 18, 2014, PEI Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice and Attorney General Janice Sherry approved the Prince Edward Island Lamp Stewardship Program Plan submitted by ReGeneration (as Product Care Association).
The Prince Edward Island Lamp Stewardship Program Plan will become operational on April 1, 2015. The regulation includes all lamp technologies, regardless of type of user (i.e. residential and IC&I lamps are all included), but not fixtures.