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12th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Legislation:
Where Are We Now?

Wednesday, October 19th

1:00 - 2:00 PM ET / 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

Audio Recording
Background Materials

Overview: While more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lamps contain mercury, which is released to the environment when they are thrown in the trash. Fluorescent lamp recycling has become increasingly important for the residential and small business sectors with the increased use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in the past ten years. Beginning in 2012, federal energy efficiency standards set in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act signed by President George W. Bush will require manufacturers to improve household bulb efficiency by 30 percent. This essentially phases out 40 to 100 watt bulbs by 2014, leaving CFLs as the most readily available general purpose lighting. Maine, Washington, and Vermont have passed laws requiring lighting manufacturers to reduce the mercury content in their products and provide for collection and recycling to prevent the release of mercury to the environment. While these three laws set a precedent for the rest of the country, they are also quite different from each other. Several other states have considered extended producer responsibility legislation in recent years, and more are expected to do so in 2012. Meanwhile, lamp manufacturers oppose internalizing the cost of EPR legislation on lamps, and in some places have begun to float legislation that includes a fee collected at retail and does not include any performance standards. This call will review the status of the federal efficiency standards, the states that have passed stewardship laws, and key features of state EPR legislation.


Sierra Fletcher (Product Stewardship Institute)

Expert Panelists:

Alicia Culver (Responsible Purchasing Network)

Kara Steward (WA Department of Ecology)
Jo-Anne St. Godard (Recycling Council of Ontario)

Michael Bender (Mercury Policy Project/Zero Mercury Working Group)


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Sierra Fletcher (Product Stewardship Institute)
Sierra Fletcher is Director for Policy and Programs at Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). She works on PSI’s product and policy initiatives, as well as supporting groups of local governments and others developing and pursuing product stewardship initiatives in their states. Prior to coming to PSI, Sierra worked for 10 years on environmental and consensus-building efforts with diverse stakeholder groups in Alaska, Cambodia, the Middle East, and New England. Sierra has a master’s degree in environmental policy and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Alica Culver (Responsible Purchasing Network)
Alicia Culver is the Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network, a nonprofit organization that promotes the adoption and implementation of environmental purchasing policies. Alicia’s experience working on sustainability issues spans more than two decades. She has provided technical support to procurement agents and environmental program staff in many states and municipalities. She has helped develop model "green” purchasing policies and specifications for a wide-range of environmentally preferable goods and services such as low-mercury/energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, LED street lights, asthma-safe cleaning products, and truly compostable food service ware. Alicia also co-chairs the national Green Lighting Campaign.

Kara Steward (WA Department of Ecology)
Kara J. Steward completed her BS and MS (1985 and 1990, respectively) degrees in Environmental Science at Washington State University. Before joining the Washington State Department of Ecology she spent 20 years working as an environmental consultant specializing in Superfund projects in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. At Ecology’s Waste 2 Resources program she manages the waste tire program, conducts oversight of anaerobic digesters at dairies, and works on the mercury-containing lights product stewardship program as well as other product stewardship efforts.

Jo-Anne St. Godard (Recycling Council of Ontario)
Jo-Anne has been with the Recycling Council of Ontario for 12 years, the past 8 as Executive Director. With the RCO, Jo-Anne has played a key role in furthering the waste reduction and recycling mandate in Ontario and beyond. Working with the RCO’s multi-stakeholder membership, Jo-Anne works directly with local and provincial governments to develop informed and effective, out-comes-based waste reduction policies.

She also works with business to help them understand and comply with their environmental obligations, find ways to reduce operational wastes and find economic savings in doing so.
Jo-Anne’s work on Extended Producer Responsibility now spans almost a decade, examining models and best practices from around the world. In Ontario she has worked with the Ontario Government and industry to develop and manage programs under the Waste Diversion Act. As a Director of Waste Diversion Ontario she has been involved in the development and monitoring of all of the stewardship programs, currently operating in Ontario. With the RCO, Jo-Anne has developed one of the first independent stewardship programs in partnership with a large retail chain and is the creator of an innovative markets-based stewardship program for mercury containing lamps called Take Back the Light.
Jo-Anne is the chair of a public campaign called Waste Reduction Week in Canada and has recently been appointed to the expert environmental advisory committees for companies such as Wal-Mart, Procter and Gamble and Tim Hortons.


Michael Bender (Mercury Policy Project/Zero Mercury Working Group)
Michael Bender is the director of the Mercury Policy Project and since 1998 has worked on reducing mercury use, release, trade and exposure at the local, national and international levels. He has been a member of the Vermont mercury advisory committee for over the past decade and is on the steering committee for the Multi-State Mercury Products Campaign, a coalition of more than 20 state and national environmental groups from across the U.S. Globally, he serves as a Task Force member of UNEP’s En.Lighten initiative and is chair of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership on Supply and Storage. Michael co-coordinates the Zero Mercury Working Group, a coalition of over 100 public interest NGOs from more than 50 countries promoting global mercury reduction issues, including a legally binding treaty on mercury.

Comments from Local and State Governments

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Dianne Woske
Fulton County D.S.W.

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Victor House News Co.

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Stephanie Lauster
Pinellas County, FL

"Excellent program and I look forward to participating in the future."
John Malter
Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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