LightRecycle Washington, the product stewardship program for mercury-containing lights, will start Jan. 1, 2015. The WA Mercury-Containing Lights Stewardship Plan (PDF) was updated based on comments, and Ecology approved the Environmental Handling Charge of $0.25 be applied to each mercury-containing light sold at retail in or into Washington State.
What is Product Stewardship?
Product Stewardship is an environmental management strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact throughout all stages of the products' life cycle. The greatest responsibility lies with whoever has the most ability to affect the life cycle environmental impacts of the products. The mission of the Council is to integrate product stewardship principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest.