Disposal and Recycling of Fluorescent tubes:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants that people took advantage of available options for recycling of fluorescent bulbs and tube locally, rather than disposing them in regular household trash. In this article we will discuss why recycling is important, where we can dispose or recycle fluorescent bulbs and tubes, what is Eco fees for fluorescent recycling programs.

 

Why recycling of fluorescent bulbs and tubes is important?

The proper recycling prevents the release of mercury, and secure the environment. Fluorescent bulbs and tubes mostly break when thrown into a trash can or dumpster and can hazardous due to presence of mercury. Recycling allows reuse of material like glass, metal and other material used in construction of fluorescent bulbs and tubes.

 

How to manage safe dispose of bulbs and tubes?

Make sure the packaging of the used lamp that need to dispose, is break free, or the breakage risk minimized by the packing. They should be packed in drum, carton or boxes they originally came in. If the lamp is already broken pack that lamp separately and carefully. Any releases to the environment from broken lamps must be contained immediately and handled properly.

Before we talk about, where we can dispose these lamps, we will talk about the Eco fees for fluorescent recycling program. What is this fee for? Or what is this fee.

What is Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) or Eco fees for fluorescent recycling programs?

The Light Recycle or RecycFluo program is supported (funded) by an Environmental Handling Fee applied to the trade or supply of all applicable products as per relevant laws. EHFs differ by item type and jurisdiction. The EHFs are used to cover program costs, including dealing with the assortment, transportation and recycling pertinent items. This fee is not a government tax and not remitted to the government. The EHF is dependent upon sales tax as it is considered as a part of the cost of regulated items.

Fee visibility requirements are mention below with reference of province.

British Columbia:

There is no restriction or limitation on the display of EHFs in British Columbia. Wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers may include the recycling EHF in the product price or display it as a separate charge to purchasers.

The EHFs are latestly updated in BC on August 1, 2015. The fee chart for British Columbia is given below:

 

PRODUCT CATEGORY

FEE CATEGORY

EHF

 

Lamps

1. Fluorescent Tubes measuring ≤2 ft

$0.20

2. Fluorescent Tubes measuring >2 ft and ≤4 ft

$0.40

3. Fluorescent Tubes measuring >4 ft

$0.80

4. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)/ Screw-In Induction Lamps

$0.15

5. Light Emitting Diodes (LED)

$0.15

6. High Intensity Discharge (HID), Special Purpose and other

$1.10

7. Incandescent / Halogen

$0.05

8. Miniature Bulb Package

$0.10

 

Fixture

9. Designated Small Fixtures / Decorative Light Strings

$0.15

10. Fixture Category A

$0.15

11. Fixture Category B

$0.15

12. Large Outdoor Fixtures

$0.15

Ballasts

13. Ballasts/Transformers (not integrated into lamps or fixtures)

$0.15

Note: All above mention charges are subject to change. This data is valid as of the following date 20-Feb-2020

Manitoba:

Manitoba’s Light Recycle program only covers residential sale and supply, EHFs will be evaluated on per-unit basis. The ballasts and fixtures are not part of the Manitoba Light Recycle program. The Eco fee for fluorescent recycling programs is given in below mention table.

PRODUCT CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION

EHF

1. Fluorescent tubes measuring less than or equal to 2 ft

 

Includes all diameters and light outputs, and shaped fluorescent tubes.

$0.20

2. Fluorescent tubes measuring greater than 2 ft and up to or equal to 4 ft

$0.40

3. Fluorescent tubes measuring greater than 4 ft

$0.55

 

4. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)/ Screw-In Induction Lamps

 

Fluorescent bulbs that are typically similar in size and intended to replace an incandescent (traditional) light bulb, including pin-type sockets, covered CFLs and various output wattages. Includes screw-in induction lamps.

 

 

 

$0.15

Note: All above mention charges are subject to change. This data is valid as of the following date 20-Feb-2020

 

 

 

 

Quebec:

The Quebec RecycFluo Program was made by PCA as per the Regulation regarding the recuperation and reclamation of product(s) by enterprises. The Quebec RecycFluo Program incorporates all mercury-containing lamps sold individually, including residential, institutional, commercial and industrial sectors.

 

The Environmental Handling Fee table for Quebec is given below:

PRODUCT CATEGORY

FEE CATEGORY

EHF

 

Lamps

1. Fluorescent Tubes measuring ≤2 ft

$0.30

2. Fluorescent Tubes measuring >2 ft and ≤4 ft

$0.50

3. Fluorescent Tubes measuring >4 ft

$1.00

4. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)/ Screw-In Induction Lamps

$0.20

5. High Intensity Discharge (HID), Special Purpose and Other

$1.10

Note: All above mention charges are subject to change. This data is valid as of the following date 20-Feb-2020

Fee Visibility: 

There are restrictions on the display of Environmental Handling Fee in Quebec. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are required to internalize the recycling EHF in the product price.

Prince Edward Island (PEI):

The Light Recycle program began on April 1, 2015 in Prince Edward Island (PEI), this program includes all lamp technologies used in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications, but excludes lighting fixtures.

The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Light Recycle program was created by PCA pursuant to the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act (R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. E-9) Recycling Regulations and Materials Stewardship.

PRODUCT CATEGORY

FEE CATEGORY

EHF

 

Lamps

1. Fluorescent Tubes measuring ≤2 ft

$0.30

2. Fluorescent Tubes measuring >2 ft and ≤4 ft

$0.50

3. Fluorescent Tubes measuring >4 ft

$1.00

4. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)/ Screw-In Induction Lamps

$0.20

5. Light Emitting Diodes (LED)

$0.15

6. High Intensity Discharge (HID), Special Purpose and other

$1.10

7. Incandescent / Halogen

$0.05

8. Miniature Bulb Package

$0.10

Note: All above mention charges are subject to change. This data is valid as of the following date 20-Feb-2020.

Fee Visibility:

No retailer will charge a buyer any separate EHF as for the expenses related with executing or working a lighting product stewardship plan.