We don't know what
the percentage of discarded lamps the
18,000 bulbs represents. I am actually surprised that the number is this high,
since most are CFLs, which have not been on the market for very long and have a long
The number could
include some non-household lamps, but it
should be low. Non-household are prohibited by law from landfilling them and we
have at least four very active recycling firms that directly work with non-household users to take back their lamps, which
are often tubes vs CFLs.
At 12:59 PM 6/27/2007 -0500, Reindl, John wrote:
While I congratulate San Luis
Obispo County for providing this take back program, it seems to me that that
it is setting a bad precedent in having government pay for the handling of
the material, rather than incorporating this cost into the price of the
Our own county has had ordinances requiring retailer
take back on a variety of products (auto tires, vehicle batteries,
fluorescents and thermostats) for a number of years, and the costs are not
subsidized by local government. As an example of results, last year some
18,000 fluorescents were collected from households in a county with a
population of 450,000.
John: (1) What percentage of
discarded fluorescents do you think the 18,000 is? (2) Does the takeback
apply to wholesale distributors and commercial use? (For instance, lamps
used in schools, warehouses and stores....?
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