Solid Waste & Recycling


CD promotes recycling of mercury-containing lamps

The Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers (ALMR), along with the Solid Waste Association of North America (...

The Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers (ALMR), along with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is pleased to announce the release of an educational CD promoting the recycling of mercury-containing lamps. The CD is a product of the Lamp Recycling Outreach Project (LROP), a cooperative agreement between the ALMR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and funded by the EPA. Under this grant, ALMR, NEMA, and SWANA have collaborated to assist business and local governments with diversion programs to keep mercury-containing lamps out of municipal waste and mercury out of the environment.

"The national recycling rate is very low, just about 24 percent," according to Paul Abernathy, executive director of the ALMR and director of the project. "We believe the low recycling rate is because most people are not aware many lamps contain toxic levels of mercury or that they have a responsibility to keep this mercury out of the environment."

"SWANA is very pleased with the outcome of this project," says John H. Skinner, Ph.D., SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. "Promoting the recycling of mercury lamps is just one way to advance the practice of economically and environmentally sound solid waste management."

NEMA President Malcolm O’Hagan notes that the project is "an excellent example of manufacturers, recyclers, and local governments working cooperatively to improve the environment. It will benefit all of us."

The CD-ROM contains:

1. A short video overview of the mercury lighting and recycling issues;

2. Specific information targeted at many groups that handle mercury lamps, including business owners, state governments, electrical distributors, environmental organizations, and solid waste professionals;

3. Contact information for each state’s primary regulatory agency;

4. State-by-state recycling resources, guidance, etc.;

5. A state-by-state comparison of stringency policies and federal regulations; and

6. A comprehensive list of recyclers and recycling resources.

Copies of the CD-ROM are available on a limited basis at no cost by contacting ALMR, NEMA, or SWANA.

The main website for the outreach project is operated by NEMA at Additional information about lamp recycling can be found at, or at the EPA’s information page,

About the Lamp Recycling Outreach Project (LROP):
"Lamp Recycling. The Responsible Thing to Do" is the slogan for the Mercury Lamp Recycling Outreach Project. This is a national outreach and education campaign that was funded in 2003 through a cooperative agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to increase recycling of mercury-containing lamps.

About the Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers (ALMR)
ALMR is a non-profit organization representing members of the lighting and mercury recycling industry, and serving as an educational and informational resource to government, business and the public. ALMR began in 1999 and its members currently recycle about 80 per cent of the mercury lamps that are diverted from the municipal waste stream.

Contact: Paul Abernathy

About the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion.

Contact: Jason Peak

About the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA):
For over 40 years, SWANA has been the leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANA’s mission is “to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste.” SWANA serves over 7,000 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses.

Contact: Liz Garavaglia

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