Find a location to drop off fluorescent bulbs near you here https://www.lamprecycle.org/vermont/
Did you know that a 60-watt incandescent bulb and a 14-watt compact fluorescent bulb provide the same amount of light? However, a fluorescent bulb’s life expectancy is approximately 12,000 hours versus an incandescent bulb’s 1,000 hours? Fluorescent bulbs use less electricity costing less to run as well as resulting in less air pollution from coal burning power plants.
Vermont’s statute governing the collection and recycling of mercury-containing lamps (the Act) was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin in May 2011. Under § 7152 of the Act, manufacturers of mercury-containing lamps are prohibited from selling a mercury-containing lamp unless they are implementing an approved collection plan, pay a fee to the state, are listed on the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources (ANR) web fluorescent bulbsite as covered by an approved plan, and meet several other requirements. This prohibition became effective July 1, 2012.
Retailers that sell mercury-containing lamps and any municipality are eligible to participate in the program as a collection site.
These collection sites are available throughout the state for “covered entities” to dispose of eligible mercury-containing lamps at no charge.
The Act defines a “covered entity” as “any person who presents to a collection facility that is included in an approved plan: (A) Any number of compact fluorescent mercury-containing lamps; or (B) 10 or fewer mercury-containing lamps that are not compact fluorescent lamps.”
- The Act – 10 V.S.A. Chapter 164A – “An act relating to the collection and disposal of mercury-containing lamps”
- Vermont Agency of Natural Resources -Department of Environmental Conservation
- Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation – Mercury Education & Reduction Campaign Manufacturers’ Lamp Collection & Recycling Plan
- It is extremely important that these bulbs (and other hazardous products) are disposed of properly. Visit Vermont’s Mercury Reduction Campaign website (www.mercvt.org) and the Agency of Natural Resources website
- Vermont businesses that accept bulbs