Some incandescent bulbs will be off the shelves as of January 1, 2014, but Environment Canada has yet to announce a plan to recycle energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, which may contain mercury.
The federal department still has not enacted new regulations that would limit the amount of mercury contained in each CFL, and that would compel manufacturers and distributors to recycle them.
As of January 1, 2014, 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs will be eliminated from store shelves, with 40- and 60-watt versions to follow December 31, 2014. Industry can still continue to ship traditional incandescent bulbs manufactured prior to January 1, 2014.
Earlier in 2013, Home Depot ended its CFL recycling program, stating that provinces and other agencies are better equipped to manage a recovery program.
Currently, the feds are consulting the public about a newer kind of incandescent bulb, filled with halogen gas, which will remain on store shelves for now.