Shining a Light on Mercury Lamps

Shining a Light on Mercury Lamps: Strategies for Safely Recycling Used Fluorescent Bulbs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Co-hosted with the Nebraska Product Stewardship Coalition

Everyone knows that energy-efficient light bulbs help you cut your energy bill and lower your environmental impact. However, fluorescent light bulbs (e.g., CFLs) contain a small amount of mercury - a potent neurotoxin - which can enter the environment and contribute to health risks if the bulbs are broken or discarded in regular trash. The best way to keep these lamps out of the waste stream is to ensure that consumers have a convenient take-back option for their used bulbs. After providing an overview of the successes and challenges of establishing voluntary fluorescent lamp take-back programs in Nebraska, this webinar will highlight lessons learned from the three states that have taken a producer responsibility approach for managing these toxic products.


Carrie Hakencamp,
Executive Director
WasteCap Nebraska




Carole Cifrino
Product Management Program Manager
Maine Department of Environmental Protection




Kara Steward
Environmental Specialist, Ecology Waste 2 Resources Program
Wasington Department of Ecology



Jennifer Holliday

Compliance Program and Solid Waste Manager
Chittenden County Solid Waste District





Karen Shapiro
Senior Associate for Policy and Programs
Product Stewardship Institute

Missed this webinar? Click here to download the recording.


Thanks to grant funding from USDA and Nebraska DEQ, we are able to provide this webinar for free.

The Product  Stewardship Institute, Inc. and the Nebraska Product Stewardship Coalition are equal opportunity employers and providers. Persons with disabilities who require alternatively formatted materials to ensure effective communication should contact Amanda Nicolson at 29 Stanhope St., Boston, MA 02116 or

This webpage was created in partnership with the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. through funding from the USDA Utility Program. Opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Utility Program.

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