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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.

British Columbia LightRecycle

  • How do I join the program?

    Please ensure that you have read the information above and that you have discussed the upcoming program with your customers. If you have determined that you will be joining the program as a member, please email us at info@lightrecycle.ca or call 1-888-772-9772 ext. 204

  • Are fees applied to products that have been returned or exchanged? Are fees applied to refurbished/used products?
  • What type of lamps, fixtures and ballasts are included in the program?

    As of October 1, 2012 the LightRecycle program includes:

    • Lamps (i.e. “lights” or “bulbs”), all technologies including fluorescent tubes, CFLs, LED, HID, halogen, incandescent, etc.
    • Ballasts, including those containing PCBs
    • Fixtures, ranging from flashlights to table lamps, chandeliers, “troffers” and street lights
    • Supply/sales to all users including residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors

    See the Products and Fees pages for more information.

  • How are fees applied when ballasts or lamps are sold integrated into fixtures?

    Please refer to the program’s integrated ballasts and lamps policy.

  • What are the obligations of producers under the BC Recycling Regulation?

    The British Columbia Recycling Regulation requires the “producers” of all lamps, ballasts and fixtures sold into the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in BC to be part of an approved stewardship program by 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.

    In collaboration with the major manufacturers and retailers of these products, ReGeneraiton submitted a stewardship plan to the BC Ministry of Environment to provide a compliance option for all obligated parties, which has since been approved. If your company is obligated under the BC Recycling Regulation, becoming a ReGeneration member for the LightRecycle program will enable your business to comply with these requirements. Members of the program agree to report, on a monthly basis, their sales of program applicable products to ReGeneration and remit applicable eco fees on those sales (after October 1, 2012).

    Sometimes it is more practical for a company that is not the legally obligated producer to join the program and report on their sales (sometimes called a “voluntary remitter”). The program is flexible in terms of which company in the supply chain becomes a member, so long as there is assurance that the program receives the eco fee for every program product sold in BC. The legal producer definition becomes relevant where it is determined that products/fees are not reported to the program and the matter is referred to the Ministry of Environment for compliance with the regulation.

    For more information on the fees that will fund the program and how they will be reported, refer to the questions below.

  • How will fees be reported to ReGeneration by program members?

    Reporting is done on a monthly basis using an online reporting system. Reports and fee remittances are due by the end of the month following the reporting period (e.g. sales in October 2012 must be reported and received by the Program before the end of November). Fees payable by members to the program are subject to HST. View more details on eco fee remittance.

  • As a manufacturer, will I join the program or will my customers?

    If your company is obligated under the BC Recycling Regulation, becoming a ReGeneration member for the LightRecycle program will enable your business to comply with these requirements. Members of the program agree to report, on a monthly basis, their sales of program applicable products to ReGeneration and remit applicable eco fees on those sales.

    Sometimes it is more practical for a company that is not the legally obligated producer to join the program and report on their sales (sometimes called a “voluntary remitter”). The program is flexible in terms of which company in the supply chain becomes a member, so long as there is assurance that the program receives the eco fee for every program product sold in BC. The legal producer definition becomes relevant where it is determined that products/fees are not reported to the program and the matter is referred to the Ministry of Environment for compliance with the regulation.

    As a manufacturer, you will need to speak to each of your customers (retailers, distributors etc.) that are located in BC or that sell products into BC to determine whether your company or your customer will join the program to report their sales and remit fees on those products.

    In some cases, a manufacturer may ship to a distributor or retailer (who may or may not be in BC) and only the distributor or retailer knows the quantity actually sold in BC.  In this example the distributor or retailer and the manufacturer agree with each other (and notify ReGeneration in writing):

    • The distributor or retailer will join the LightRecycle program and report and remit eco fees on all sales in BC of the designated products sold by the distributor or retailer, regardless of brand
    • The manufacturer does not report/pay the program on sales to that distributor or retailer, but does report/pay on sales to other BC customers.

    In other cases, a manufacturer may “ship to store” for many BC based retailers or distributors and is aware of the quantity sold by each retailer or distributor in the province. As a service to its retail or distributor customers, a manufacturer may agree to report to ReGeneration on the aggregate of all BC sales to these customers and remit the eco fees, and the customers do not. In this scenario, the manufacturer may choose to include the cost of the fees in their invoice to these retailers/distributors (at their discretion).

    If each of a manufacturer’s customers that are located in BC or that sell products into BC agree to join the program as a member to report their sales and remit fees on those products, a manufacturer does not need to join the program, but should inform ReGeneration of this fact in writing.

    In either scenario outlined above, retailers/distributors may “pass-on” the fees on to their customers. The price paid by downstream customers should never exceed the program-mandated fee.

    Eco Fee Flow Chart:

    The following chart illustrates the two eco fee remittance pathways discussed above.

  • As a retailer, distributor or wholesaler, will I join the program or will my supplier (manufacturer)?

    If your company is obligated under the BC Recycling Regulation, becoming a ReGeneration member for the LightRecycle program will enable your business to comply with these requirements. Members of the program agree to report, on a monthly basis, their sales of program applicable products to ReGeneration and remit applicable eco fees on those sales.

    Sometimes it is more practical for a company that is not the legally obligated producer to join the program and report on their sales (sometimes called a “voluntary remitter”). The program is flexible in terms of which company in the supply chain becomes a member, so long as there is assurance that the program receives the eco fee for every program product sold in BC. The legal producer definition becomes relevant where it is determined that products/fees are not reported to the program and the matter is referred to the Ministry of Environment for compliance with the regulation.

    As a retailer, distributor or wholesaler, you will need to speak to each of your suppliers (manufacturers etc.) to determine whether your company or your supplier will join the program to report on your sales and remit fees on those products.

    In some cases, a manufacturer may ship to a distributor or retailer (who may or may not be in BC) and only the distributor or retailer knows the quantity actually sold in BC.  In this example the distributor or retailer and the manufacturer agree with each other (and notify ReGeneration in writing):

    • The distributor or retailer will join the LightRecycle program and report and remit eco fees on all sales in BC of the designated products sold by the distributor or retailer, regardless of brand
    • The manufacturer does not report/pay the program on sales to that distributor or retailer, but does report/pay on sales to other BC customers.

    In other cases, a manufacturer may “ship to store” and is aware of the quantity sold by each retailer or distributor in the province. As a service to its retail or distributor customers, a manufacturer may agree to report to ReGeneration on the aggregate of all BC sales to these customers and remit the eco fees. As such, applicable retailers/distributors do not need to report sales/remit fees for those products. In this scenario, the manufacturer may choose to include the cost of the fees in their invoice to these retailers/distributors (at their discretion).

    In either scenario outlined above, retailers/distributors may “pass-on” the fees on to their customers. The price paid by downstream customers should never exceed the program-mandated fee.

    If all of a retailer, distributor or wholesaler’s suppliers (manufacturers etc.) of program products agree to join the program as a member to report on their sales and remit applicable fees, that retailer, distributor or wholesaler does not need to join the program, but should inform ReGeneration of this fact in writing.

  • How will lamps, fixtures and ballasts be collected, transported and recycled?

    For information on how lamps, fixtures and ballasts will be collected from large volume generators (contractors, relampers, building managers, schools, hospitals, governments etc.), please refer to the large volume generators page.

  • What about pre-program sales and contracts signed by members for the supply of products?

    Please refer to the program’s presales and contract policy.

  • What if several products are sold in one package or as one unit?

    Please refer to the program’s multipack policy.

  • Who are the “producers” regulated by the BC Recycling Regulation?

    The Recycling Regulation defines a “producer” as:
    (i) a person who manufactures the product and sells, offers for sale or distributes the product in British Columbia under the manufacturer’s own brand,

    (ii) if subparagraph (i) does not apply, a person who is not the manufacturer of the product but is the owner or licensee of a trademark under which a product is sold or distributed in British Columbia, whether or not the trademark is registered, or

    (iii) if subparagraphs (i) and (ii) do not apply, a person who imports the product into British Columbia for sale or distribution

    The B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Recycling Regulation Guide provides the following additional interpretative guidance on how the term “Producer” is applied in practice:

    The product producer is principally the first seller of the product in the province. In practice the producer is typically the product manufacturer, distributor or brand-owner. The producer could also be an importer, broker or retailer who sells the product directly to a consumer, including those whose sales are transacted by catalogue or over the Internet.

  • I have more questions. Who do I contact?

    For more information on the upcoming program, please email info@lightrecycle.ca or call1-888-772-9772 

  • What are the “environmental handling fees” and why are they required?

    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 ReGeneration, a non-profit industry association, to fund all program costs including the collection, transportation and recycling of end-of-life products to ensure all generators can recycle these products at the end of their life without charge, as required by the BC Recycling Regulation.

    These fees are paid by program members (manufacturers, distributors, retailers) who have joined ReGeneration to fulfill their legal obligations. Members have the option of “passing-on” this fee to their customers. The fee may be shown separately on the product invoice/receipt, incorporated directly into the price of the product or absorbed, at the discretion of the program members and their subsequent customers. In comparable programs, the fee is often passed down through the supply chain. The price paid by downstream customers should never exceed the program-mandated fee.

    The fee is subject to sales tax, as it is considered to be a part of the price of regulated products. While the applicable HST is remitted to the government, no part of the fee itself is remitted to the government.

    See here to view the fee rates.

Prince Edward Island LightRecycle

  • How do I join the program?

    Please ensure that you have read the information above and that you have discussed the upcoming program with your customers. If you have determined that you will be joining the program as a member, please email us at info@lightrecycle.ca or call 1-888-772-9772 ext. 204