Washington Creating Recycling Program For Mercury Lights

The rule guides and clarifies how the product stewardship program will be carried out. It covers:

  • · How producers will fully fund the program, including Ecology’s administration, enforcement, and oversight costs.
  • · Program requirements, such as product stewardship plan, outreach and education efforts, and annual reporting requirements.
  • · Requirements for collecting, transporting, processing and recycling of mercury-containing lights.
  • · The department enforcement processes.

Broken fluorescent lights expose workers, residents and children to toxic mercury vapors. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin. Releasing it into the environment is a threat to public health.