LightRecycle keeps burnt-out bulbs from the landfill

The switch has been turned on for a new program offering North Okanagan residents a place to recycle their burnt-out bulbs.

The switch has been turned on for a new program offering North Okanagan residents a place to recycle their burnt-out bulbs.

The B.C. LightRecycle program recently expanded and now includes collection sites for all types of lighting products (including light bulbs and fixtures) from residential, industrial, commercial and institutional applications.

In Vernon there are six collection sites for burnt-out residential-use light bulbs and tubes. They are:

  • Home Building Centre (4601 – 27th Street)
  • Interior Freight & Bottle Depot  (4205 – 24 Ave)
  • London Drugs (700 – 4400 – 32nd Street)
  • RONA Vernon (2201, 58th Avenue)
  • Sun Dial Lighting Vernon (2801 44th Avenue)
  • Venture Training Vernon (4240 Alexis Park Drive)

There are three collection sites in Vernon for residential light fixtures such as table lamps, floor lamps, desk lights, flashlights, Christmas lights, etc: Chasers Bottle Depot, Interior Freight & Bottle, and Venture Training.

The collection site for large volumes lighting products from the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors is Interior Freight and Bottle Depot.

British Columbia now has Canada’s first comprehensive program to recycle all lighting products without charge.

LightRecycle is a non-profit program to recycle lighting products in B.C. Since 2010, LightRecycle has accepted residential-use fluorescent lights at collection sites across the province. The expanded LightRecycle program now accepts all lighting products for recycling without charge, including all types of lights (bulbs and tubes), ballasts and lighting fixtures.

“LightRecycle is one of 14 industry-managed recycling programs in the province that reinforces British Columbia’s position as North America’s leader in environmental stewardship and recycling,” said Brock Macdonald, CEO of the Recycling Council of British Columbia. “Expanding the program to include all lighting products from all sectors means that fewer recyclable materials will end up in landfill.”

Like most other recycling programs in British Columbia, LightRecycle is funded by recycling fees applied to the sale of new products in B.C. The recycling fees are used to cover program costs, including managing the collection, transportation and recycling system for returned products. Fees started Oct. 1 to the sale or supply of all lights, ballasts and fixtures including retail, industrial, commercial and institutional sales. Manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers may include the recycling fee in the product price or display it as a separate charge to purchasers.

All types of lights are accepted under both channels, including fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), halogen and incandescent bulbs, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and high intensity discharge lamps (HID).

A lighting fixture is any product with a primary purpose to provide light. Common examples of residential-use lighting fixtures include floor lamps, chandeliers, table lamps, ceiling lights, flashlights and Christmas lights. Examples of fixtures that will be recycled by large volume generators include street lights and large outdoor flood lights.

“This is just another example of British Columbia leading the country with our industry-led extended producer responsibility programs,” said Minister of Environment Terry Lake.

“LightRecycle’s expansion will help ensure recyclable materials from lighting products like metal, plastic and glass are re-used to make new products – good news for the environment and for British Columbians.”

Recycling plastic, glass and metal through LightRecycle has significant energy savings.

For example, it takes 95 per cent less energy to recycle aluminum than to manufacture it from raw materials, 74 per cent less energy to recycle steel, and 30 per cent less energy to recycle glass.

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