By Anthony Capkun
April 25, 2012 – A just-published bulletin from Electro-Federation Canada warns that B.C. Regulation states that, if you are selling lighting equipment (lamps and/or fixtures) after July 1, 2012, you must be a member of a government-approved regulated program—otherwise you may incur a $200,000 fine, per day.
On July 1, the LightRecycle program will be expanded by Product Care, a non-profit industry association, and will provide a compliance option for all obligated parties. View the attached PDF for information.
A lamp producer is defined as “the first importer to the province”. It could be a retailer, distributor or a manufacturer. We recommend manufacturers discuss with their retailers and distributors to define how and who will collect and pay the Eco fees, which will be charged on all mercury-containing lamps in British Columbia by the program manager upon receipt of sales information provided (in confidence) to the program.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Wayne Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or (647) 258-7483, or Vanessa Groult, PCA Program Coordinator at email@example.com or (888) 772-9772 ext. 200.