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Re: [greenyes] Mercury in the waste stream: Targeting fluorescent lamps


Good thread going here.

What strategy for fluorescent lamps would combine the following features:

- provide consumers a way to get rid of old lamps safely
- operate with no "subsidy" from government (rate-payers who don't use lamps shouldn't have to pay for someone else's)
- engage the producers of lamps in the disposal/recycling process so they get a message that lamps are a disposal problem


H.

At 03:12 PM 8/2/2005, Debra Lombard wrote:

Well the fl lamp retailers would need to dispose of the fl lamps. They could do that with the bulb eater (http://www.aircycle.com/recycling/prepaid/) type system or such. There would still have a cost to get rid of that waste approx $1/lamp or less. The customer would not see that costs as it would be added onto the cost of a new fl lamp through a disposal fee such as is done on car batteries or tires.

~Debra
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How would you pay for that program? The city would be absorbing the disposal costs for each lamp from all sources including LQGs who were savvy enough to bring the lamps to these 'unsupervised' drop-offs. Any financing options?

>>> Debra Lombard <dlombard@no.address> 08/02/2005 3:37:32 PM >>>
I would imagine that a good way to encourage proper disposal of fl lamps
is to ask stores such as Home Depot, Lowe's and other retail stores that
sell large number of Fl lamps/bulbs to have customers carefully bring in
their used lamps to the store and put them into a plastic lined box made
for such.
Maybe the City could pass an ordinance to have this done for all retailers
of fl lamps.


Debra Lombard, LEED AP
Sustainable Design Specialist
The RETEC Group, Inc.
900 Chapel St., 2nd Fl - Box 9
New Haven, CT 06510
Tel: 203-868-0137
Fax: 203-773-3657
dlombard@no.address


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