The BC Recycling Regulation:
The British Columbia Recycling Regulation requires the "producers" (typically first importers, including retailers, distributors and manufacturers) of all lamps, ballasts and fixtures sold into the residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors in BC to be part of an approved stewardship program effective July 1, 2012. The program must be funded by these producers to provide a collection and recycling option for all generators of lamps, ballasts and fixtures in BC.
Joining the LightRecycle Program:
Product Care's BC LightRecycle program began in 2010 and was originally limited to residential-use fluorescent lamps. This program was expanded by Product Care on October 1, 2012, to provide a compliance option for all obligated parties, and captures all lamps, ballasts and fixtures sold into the residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors in BC. If your company is obligated under the BC Recycling Regulation, becoming a Product Care member for the LightRecycle program will enable your business to comply with these requirements.
View the stewardship plan approved by the BC Ministry of Environment.
The program is funded by recycling fees applied to the sale or supply of new lamps, ballasts and fixtures sold in BC effective October 1, 2012. The fees are used by Product Care to fund all program costs including the collection, transportation and recycling of end-of-life products. These fees are paid by program members (manufacturers, distributors, retailers) who have joined Product Care to fulfill their legal obligations. Members have the option of "passing-on" these fees to their customers.
Please refer to the Members Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the program, the obligations of producers and the recycling fees.