Recycling Product News Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

​National Strategy to Address Disposal of Mercury-Containing Lamps Becomes Law

Bill C238 has passed, which means opportunity for increased recycling of mercury bulbs

Company info

P.O. Box 83
Orangeville, ON
CA, L9W 2Z5

Website:
rco.on.ca

Read more

(Toronto) Bill C-238, a private member's bill that sets a national strategy for sound management of mercury-containing lamps, has received Royal Assent and is now federal law.

The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act calls on Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change to work with provinces, territories and all interested and appropriate governments, persons, and organizations to develop a robust national strategy for the safe and environmentally sound management of mercury-containing lamps.

"Far too many mercury-containing lamps are lost to disposal when they reach end-of-life," says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario. "Bill C-238 nationalizes efforts to capture mercury, facilitates a harmonized approach to protect human and environmental health, and maximizes value through recycling."

Highlights of the Act include:

• identification of practices for the safe and environmentally sound disposal of lamps that contain mercury
• establishment of guidelines for facilities where activities involved in the safe and environmentally sound disposal of those lamps are carried out
• development of a plan to promote public awareness of the importance of those lamps being disposed of safely and in an environmentally sound manner.

"Local governments that collect material for recycling and disposal are often left to their own devices to deal with mercury. The result is a patchwork of regulations, programs, standards, and monitoring strategies. This Act is important and relevant legislation that will lead to greater capture of mercury."

Bill C-238 also aligns with the Government of Canada recently ratified Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global and legally binding treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. It includes phasing out and phasing down of mercury use in products and processes and control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water.

Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) has long been active in ensuring the safe disposal of mercury-containing bulbs and tubes through its Take Back the Light program, which works with wholesale buyers and sellers of fluorescent lamps to recover and properly recycle lights to the highest environmental standards. Since 2008, Take Back the Light has helped to collect 19.6 million lamps; and recovered 70 kilograms of mercury, 4.6 million kilograms of glass, 70,000 kilograms of aluminum, and 67,000 kilograms of phosphorus powder for recycling purposes.

RCO's experience with mercury-containing products also led it to being commissioned by Environment Canada in 2016 to develop a Proposed Code of Practice for the Environmentally Sound Management of End-of-life Lamps Containing Mercury. Its objective is to prevent the release of mercury to the environment by identifying best practices for collection, storage, transportation and processing of mercury-containing lamps at end-of-life.

"While there are labeling requirements that indicate when mercury is present in a lamp at point of purchase, Canada has lacked a cohesive national strategy to make sure mercury-containing bulbs are properly managed at end of life. This law is a positive first step that will apply best practice and raise awareness on managing material when it is no longer of use, and ensure every component part of a mercury-containing bulb is recovered and recycled. We look forward to supporting the development of this first-of-its-kind pan-Canadian strategy."

Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization committed to minimizing society's impact on the environment by eliminating waste. RCO's mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the avoidance of waste, efficient use of resources, and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities. For more visit www.rco.on.ca.

Take Back the Light, whose start-up was funded by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in 2008, encourages commercial buyers of lighting to make responsible choices: whether an industrial area or a series of office areas buyers leverage their purchasing influence to choose sellers and retailers that extend their services to include proper recycling. The program also developed an independent first-of-its-kind recycling standard that ensures full recovery of mercury and accountability of all material to final disposition. For more visit www.TakeBacktheLight.ca.

More from Industry News

Vale Canada and Terrapure win Environmental Award for mine rehabilitation project using biosolids

Terrapure Environmental and Vale Canada received an Environmental Leader Award for Project of the Year for their new, sustainable option for managing biosolids during winter months, when farmland application is prohibited and storage is complicated. Instead of incinerating or landfilling nutrient-rich organics, Terrapure worked with Vale to develop a program to apply treated biosolids to its Central Tailings Area for reclamation and revegetation. It was the first project of its kind in Ontario.

Basel Convention ignores fact that recycling helps the environment, according to ISRI

The Basel Convention Conference of Parties have adopted amendments to the Convention that will impair the trade of recyclable plastics. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), this effort, intended to be an international response to plastic pollution in marine environments, in reality will hamper the world's ability to recycle plastic material, creating an increased risk of pollution. 

National Arts Centre compost program to divert 500,000 containers

The National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa and the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, this week, Compost Awareness Week 2019, unveiled an innovative program that will introduce plant-based food and drink containers and transform them into rich compost to be put into herb gardens at the NAC. The move will divert 500,000 containers from the landfill annually.

U.S. consumers redeemed billions of UBCs through TOMRA reverse vending machines in 2018

According to TOMRA of North America, U.S. consumers redeemed billions of used beverage containers though the company's reverse vending machines (RVMs) in 2018, with more than 2 billion redeemed in the Northeast alone. RVMs collect beverage containers for recycling and prevent them from entering oceans and landfills.  

American Manganese applies for battery recycling patents in seven countries

Larry W. Reaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Manganese Inc. ("American Manganese" or "AMY" or the "Company"), is pleased to report the Company has filed National Phase Patent Applications for the Company's flagship technology on recycling lithium-ion battery cathode materials. Seven additional countries have been selected for National Phase Applications for the Company's original PCT Application No. PCT/US2017/060794 filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization on November 9, 2017. In addition to US Patent No. 10,246,343, which was granted on April 2019, AMY has selected the following additional countries for the National Phase Applications:

Power Knot’s new bin tipper improves hygiene and reduces injuries in high-volume foodservice operations

At this year's WasteExpo 2019 in Las Vegas, Power Knot, the market leader in products that process waste food in commercial foodservice operations, is announcing the immediate availability of the SBT-140, a stainless-steel bin tipper that can safely empty organic waste bins used in commercial kitchens and other foodservice environments that demand cleanliness and hygiene.

Vecoplan selected by Brightmark Energy for plastics to fuel plant

Vecoplan, LLC, the North Carolina-based manufacturer of shredders and waste recycling equipment, has been awarded a contract to design and build the front-end material processing and preparation system for Brightmark Energy's new plastics-to-fuel plant in Ashley, Indiana. Vecoplan's prep system will incorporate a variety of technologies engineered to deliver feedstock that meets specifications vital to the plant's successful production of transportation fuel. 

Recycling industry calls on U.S. Mint to resume mutilated coin redemption program after unexpected shutdown

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) expressed concern over the announcement by the U.S. Mint to re-suspend the Mutilated Coin Redemption Program and is offering its expertise to work with the agency to identify and resolve any concerns as quickly as possible. Along with the Mint, ISRI shares the goal of recovering and recycling coins while protecting the program's integrity. 

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Cleanfarms calling for farmers to recycle 100% of plastic ag jugs to mark 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, the crop protection industry in Canada planted the seeds of a voluntary stewardship program in Prairie communities to collect empty agricultural plastic jugs for recycling. The idea took root and since then, Cleanfarms has expanded the program across Canada bringing in a total of about 126 million plastic jugs that have been recycled into new products instead of disposed in landfill.

WEEE Forum addresses online free-riders in European e-waste industry

The WEEE Forum, (the European Association of Electrical and Electronic waste take back systems) including an international collaboration of 36 e-waste collection schemes in the EU, issued their response to recent consultation regarding a study to support the preparation of the EU Commission's guidance for an e-waste extended producer responsibility organization.

Cypriot President inaugurates first turn-key plastics recycling facility

Every year, the summer sun, sea and sand attract growing numbers of tourists to the European island state of Cyprus. In addition to great sales for the tourism industry, they also generate steadily growing mountains of waste. Tourists are clearly not the sole contributors, but according to current figures, Cyprus has the second highest amount of waste per capita in the EU after Denmark. 

FleetMind and ITA Dynamics to release a fully integrated financial & route management system to the waste & recycling community

FleetMind Solutions, Inc., the specialist in "smart truck" solutions for solid waste management, and ITADynamics, the leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics-based billing solutions for the waste and recycling industry, have announced that they have integrated their two products in order to provide North American waste management and recycling companies with a seamlessly integrated "all-in-one" solution for billing, route management, and service verification. Both companies will be on hand at Waste Expo 2019 in Las Vegas, May 6-9.

Freightliner to showcase new EconicSD featuring next-level safety technology at WasteExpo

The new Freightliner® EconicSD, the only cab-over-engine refuse truck in North America that features a collision mitigation system, will be on full display this year at WasteExpo 2019. The innovative, low-entry waste collection truck will be showcased in the Freightliner booth (#1402) along with an array of work truck solutions for the waste collection industry.

​Coretex to present upgraded Smart Waste Solution for cities and waste haulers at Waste Expo

Coretex, a specialist in fleet management and compliance solutions based in New Zealand, will present its upgraded Smart Waste solution at WasteExpo 2019, the largest waste and recycling conference in North America. During the event, Coretex will be demonstrating its complete Smart Waste solution in Booth #4803 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

​International organizations rally together for International Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated in many countries throughout the world annually during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of compost and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.

New responsible guideline for trade in used electronic equipment published

The Basel Action Network (BAN) has published its new Responsible Guideline on Transboundary Movements of Used Electronic Equipment and Electronic Waste to Promote an Ethical Circular Economy under the Basel Convention. This was developed as an alternative Guideline to the Basel Convention's Interim Guideline which has been fraught with controversy and lack of consensus.

SWANA reports big increase in worker fatalities in 2018

At least 59 solid waste industry workers died on the job in 2018 in the United States and Canada, according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), an increase of 19 fatalities from the previous year. Fifty-seven of these fatalities took place in the United States, and 71 percent of them occurred during waste or recycling collection.

Wastequip to debut Ultra Heavy-Duty RockBox roll-off container line at WasteExpo

Wastequip is set to launch RockBox, a new ultra-heavy-duty roll-off container that combines extreme toughness and durability in a lighter-weight container. Made from wear resistant Hardox steel, the new roll-off containers are four times stronger than ordinary mild steel grades, while weighing 20 percent less and lasting twice as long as traditional heavy-duty roll-off containers. Wastequip's new hard and tough roll-off containers will be the first of their kind in the United States to be made of the innovative Hardox material.  Wastequip is also a certified member of the Hardox In My Body program. 
Wastequip will debut the products May 6-9 at Waste Expo 2019, booth #523. 

Maple Reinders wins CCA Environmental Achievement Award for high solids anaerobic digestion facility in Edmonton, AB

One of Maple Reinders' most recent construction projects, the High Solids Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Edmonton, Alberta, will make a positive impact on the environment and will contribute to the City's goal of diverting 90 percent of waste from landfill. Based on the project, Maple Reinders has won the 2018 Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Environmental Achievement Award for the project, and for success in implementing environmentally-sound practices, and communicating sustainable approaches as viable options.

SMART encourages earth-friendly textile use for Earth Week and every week

On Earth Day (April 22), and through Earth Week, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association is reinforcing its message to consumers and industry to help preserve the Earth's wildlife by reusing and recycling textiles (any fabric made of interlacing fibers such as clothing, towels, bed sheets and much more), thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

TOMRA to highlight optical sorter connectivity at Waste Expo 2019

TOMRA SORTING RECYCLING is set to unveil information about its new cloud-based program designed to connect customers' optical sorting equipment, during Waste Expo 2019. To be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 6-9, show attendees visiting TOMRA's booth #2241 will be among the first to learn more about TOMRA Insight. The new technology unleashes the power of process data to transform sorting from an operational process into a strategic management tool, providing fact-based decision-making at every step of the value and production chain. 

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

EDGE Innovate honoured with Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade

EDGE Innovate has been honoured with a Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade. EDGE Innovate joins an elite group of organizations to be recognized with a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise. Now in it's 53rd year, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise is among the most prestigious business awards in the UK. EDGE Innovate has been awarded the Queen's Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Tweed and TerraCycle team up to take cannabis packaging recycling across Canada

In the spirit of Earth Day, Canada's best-known cannabis brand is thrilled to officially launch the Tweed x TerraCycle recycling program across Canada. Previously available in select stores and provinces, today's announcement officially marks the roll out of Canada's first country-wide Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program.

TerraCycle's latest partnership to recycle more than 9.2 million units of contact lens materials

Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, announced today, on Earth Day, that its ONE by ONE Recycling Program, the first contact lens recycling program of its kind, has recycled more than 9.2 million used contact lenses, blister packs and top foils since the program's launch in November 2016. The ONE by ONE Recycling program is offered free of charge to eye care professionals and their patients across the United States and is made possible through a collaboration with TerraCycle®, a world leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste. As of the end of March 2019, the total amount of waste collected and recycled translates to more than 55,200 pounds — roughly the weight of an adult whale shark.

Bühler wins Queen’s Award for food safety and recycling innovation

Bühler UK Ltd has won this year's Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation in recognition of its pioneering research into camera technology used in sorting machines. The technological breakthrough is being used to drive up food safety controls in the nut and frozen vegetable sectors while also helping to increase plastic recycling rates.

Finnish textile startup Infinited Fiber Company signs new partnerships with H&M Group, Fortum and Virala

Infinited Fiber Company Ltd. (IFC) has raised 3.7 million euros in funding from investors, including H&M Group, Fortum and Virala. IFC is currently running a 50-ton pilot plant in Finland and plans to increase the annual capacity of the next generation sustainable textile fiber production up to 500 tons in order to meet the growing demand from the market.

​Recycling is a solution - on Earth Day and every day

In recognition of the 49th Earth Day, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is joining individuals and organizations around the world in celebration of the earth and what can be done to preserve it. Earth Day, started in 1970, takes place annually on April 22 in a worldwide effort to save and nurture the environment of which recycling plays a crucial role.

Cascades officially inaugurates new packaging plant in New Jersey

Cascades (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, today inaugurated its newest and most modern containerboard packaging plant, a US$76 million investment in state-of-the-art equipment. Elected officials, members of the community and Cascades partners, clients, suppliers and employees attended the official opening.

United States to exclude auto shredder parts from Chinese tariffs

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has praised the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) decision to exclude parts used in automobile shredders from a 25 percent tariff on parts bought from China. Often referred to as "wear parts" due to the need to frequently replace them, the large-scale availability of these components is critical to ensuring American recyclers can provide valuable raw materials relied upon by the U.S. domestic steel and aluminum industries in the manufacturing process.

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more