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New Law Requires Lamp Recycling in Washington

Mercer Island Reporter

wash-doe-logoAs of January 1, 2013 in Washington all mercury-containing lights are required to be recycled by law. The new regulation, RCW 70.275.080, encompasses "persons, residents, government, commercial, industrial, and retail facilities and office buildings." Under the new law, mercury-containing lamps are banned from landfills and may not be incinerated.

Fluorescent lamps contain a small amount of mercury which enables the lamp to operate at a high level of energy efficiency. However, at the end of their life the lamps must be recycled to ensure their mercury content does not enter the environment. The new Washington law will apply to common mercury-containing lights such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), straight fluorescent tube lamps, and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps.

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