Washington Mercury Lights Stewardship June 2017 updates

LightRecycle is a manufacturer operated product stewardship program run by PCA Product Stewardship Inc., a nonprofit, and overseen by the Washington Department of Ecology under the state's mercury lights law. On May 8, 2017, the Governor of Washington signed into law Senate Bill 5762, amending the mercury lights law to:

  • reduce from $5000 to $3000 the annual fee paid by each producer to the Department of Ecology for oversight
  • require that Ecology not retain fees that are in excess of their estimated cost of oversight
  • change required third-party financial audits from annually to every other year

In addition, as of July 1, 2017, the Environmental Handling Charge will increase from $0.25 to $0.50 cents per each mercury-containing light sold at retail in or into Washington State. This increase will cover program costs from the significant decline in CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) sales between 2015 and 2016 – a 38.5% decrease; collections of covered lights have increased 18.5% in the same time period.
With more than 220 collection sites in Washington, including businesses and municipal facilities, LightRecycle has recycled more than two million mercury-containing lights since launching in 2015. LightRecycle allows individuals and businesses to recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day at sites throughout Washington – find a location near you.