DAILY NEWS Dec 17, 2013 12:45 PM - 3 comments

No recycling plan for Canada lightbulb ban

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By: SWR Staff

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.

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Posted January 1, 2014 04:05 AM


This is so incredibly stupid. What do those individuals do that are sensitive to the energy waves from the CFLs if the incandescent bulbs will no longer be available? We have to pay the $30+ chg for the LEDs? Maybe we'll have to go back to using candles! And yes... the sensitivity condition does exist for all those non- believers. Serious headaches, weakness,... happens and its not fun and now we're being forced to using these things that cause us harm! Stupid and inhumane government officials yet again.

Posted December 20, 2013 12:47 PM


Although Environment Canada has yet to announce a plan to recycle energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, there are a few provincial programs in place. RecycFluo in Quebec and Manitoba LightRecycle are both programs dedicated to collecting and recycling mercury-containing bulbs. BC LightRecycle accepts a full range of lighting products and fixtures, including incandescent bulbs and PCB-containing ballasts.

Posted December 20, 2013 11:56 AM

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