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10 October 2017

Shedding light on bulb recycling

Today, as citizens, we are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of our actions with regard to the recycling and disposal of domestic waste. Some items can definitely be a puzzle, such as light bulbs. How do we dispose of them?

 

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Although light bulbs (incandescent) can be placed in the garbage, it is better to dispose of them through ecocentres or authorized retailers. Fluorescent light bulbs (fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs and high-intensity discharge bulbs (HID’s)) contain a small amount of mercury that requires safe and ecological treatment.

 

Mercury is harmful to the environment and the recycling of light bulbs limits the risk of mercury spreading into the ecosystem. Because of its composition, this type of bulb is classified in the category of hazardous household waste (HHW).

 

 

Where to dispose of light bulbs?

Several locations accept dead light bulbs:

  • Retailers, such as Rona, Réno-Dépôt, IKEA, Home Dépôt
  • RecycFluo drop-off points
  • Ecocentres

 

Numerous ecocentres administered by EBI are at your disposal to receive light bulbs or any other HHW:

 

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Did you know that….

In 2012, RECYC-QUÉBEC set up the RecycFluo program, managed by the Product Care Association (PCA), to enable consumers and businesses to dispose of their compact fluorescent bulbs in an environmentally friendly manner. Since its launch, the program has recycled more than 4 million mercury bulbs and fluorescents. Over 400 drop-off points are at your disposal. Visit their website for more information.

 

For more information, please contact us at 1-800-781-8111

 

Sources :
http://onenprendsoin.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/lampes-au-mercure/
http://www.residences-etu.ca/upload/recyclage/aide-memoire-municipalite.pdf

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