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Fluorescent Lamp Stewardship Program

In 2005, RCO lead a small-scale, three-month pilot project in partnership with the Grand Erie District School Board (GESDB). The objectives for this pilot were to assess the state of affairs of lamp waste in a typical institutional setting. The RCO partnered with the facility management and procurement departments of the GEDSB, as well as Aevitas (formerly FLR – Fluorescent Lamp Recyclers) to undertake the work. Through normal random replacement and retrofit activities, 5,958 fluorescent lamps were successfully collected, stored and recycled. Total materials recovered included:

Material

Amount (mg)

Mercury

70,829

Glass

1743.9

Aluminum

21.77

Phosphor

27.34

Through this experience, RCO developed a “take back” stewardship model, based on a shared, collaborative approach between lamp manufacturers, distributors, users and recyclers.

In 2006 the RCO, in conjunction with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and with funding from the Ministry of the Environment, tested the stewardship model in a six month pilot project. The model, based on a vendor “take back” provision incorporated into all TDSB purchasing tenders for lighting, worked with natural market and commercial forces to integrate and encourage stewardship. Partners in the project included RCO, Osram Sylvania, Paul Wolf Electric, TDSB, Aevitas (FLR) and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.


Spent Lamp

Generation

Lamps

(#)

Mercury

 (kg)

Glass (kg)

 Metals (kg)

Phosphor Powder (kg)

6 mo Pilot Project

12,943

.392

3,762

47.15

58.95


 

 

                              

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