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Prince Edward Island

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). Read the approval letter here.

The Prince Edward Island Lamp Stewardship Program Plan will become operational on April 1, 2015. For more information, please access the update notice sent on December 12, 2014.

Prince Edward Island’s Department of Environment, Labour and Justice passed the Materials Stewardship and Recycling Regulations under the PEI Environmental Act on June 21, 2014 requiring product stewardship programs for lamp products, as well as automotive salvage and scrap metal, electronic products, oil and glycol products, lead-acid batteries, and pharmaceuticals.

The regulation includes all lamp technologies, regardless of type of user (i.e. residential and IC&I lamps are all included), but not fixtures.

PEI LightRecycle

The following is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) directed at consumers.

  • What is LightRecycle?

    LightRecycle  is a family of recycling programs that are operated by ReGeneration ( Product Care Association), a non-profit industry association, specializing in product stewardship on behalf of the manufacturers, distributors and retailers of products that are regulated under provincial Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws.

    In essence, we are a passionate group of environmentally-minded solutions providers who want to help good people, like you, change the world for the better. We do that by making sure that your spent or unwanted lights end up in the recycling stream and not in the trash.

    LightRecycle operates in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec (as RecycFluo) and PEI.

  • What is done with the collected products?

    Returned or leftover products are brought into an approved facility for processing. Based on the condition and amount of the leftover product, the materials are recycled.

  • What about residential-use lights that have been accidentally broken?

    Place the broken item in a sealed plastic bag or a sealed glass container and take it to a nearby LightRecycle depot.

    For clean-up instructions (for fluorescent lights that contain mercury such as CFLs and fluorescent tubes), visit the Health Canada website. If you do break a fluorescent light bulb, Health Canada recommends the following cleanup procedures:

    • Ventilate the room for at least 15 minutes before you start clean up, removing people and pets from the room.
    • Wear disposable gloves, if possible to avoid direct contact with mercury and to prevent cuts.
    • Sweep or wipe up the glass fragments and powder using two pieces of stiff paper or cardboard.
    • Use sticky tape to pick up fine glass and powder and then wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up any residue.
    • If the bulb breaks on a rug or carpet, use sticky tape (such as duct tape) to pick up small pieces and powder. Vacuuming should be avoided as it spreads mercury through the area. If vacuuming is necessary, remove the vacuum bag or empty and wipe the canister with paper towel after the area is cleaned.
    • Place the broken glass and clean-up materials in a glass container with a tight fitting lid or two sealed plastic bags to further minimize the release of mercury vapour.
    • Bring the sealed glass container or sealed plastic bags to a collection site.
  • Do fluorescent lights contain mercury and are they safe?

    Fluorescent lights (CFLs and fluorescent tubes) contain a small amount of mercury. As there is no safe level of exposure to mercury, care must be taken to ensure that materials are handled properly. The mercury from a compact fluorescent light or fluorescent tube is only released if the bulb is broken.

    Follow these few simple steps to safely handle, store and transport compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes:

    • Recycle all your CFLs and fluorescent tubes to keep mercury out of landfills
    • Remove and install the CFL only by handling the base of the bulb to prevent any unnecessary pressure on the glass that could cause it to break.
    • Store and transport CFLs and fluorescent lamps in containers such as original packaging that help prevent bulbs from breaking.
  • As a large volume generator, how do I recycle large volumes of lighting products used in institutional, commercial and industrial applications?

    The LightRecycle program includes a separate collection system for large volume generators, such as contractors, businesses, relampers, schools, hospitals and building managers, with lighting products used in institutional, commercial and industrial applications for recycling. See here for more information.

  • Why are fluorescent lights considered “green” if they contain mercury ?
    • Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, reducing your electricity bill.
    • CFLs and fluorescent tubes benefit the environment by reducing solid waste since they last longer than incandescent bulbs.