Shining a Light on Mercury Lamps: A PSI / NEPSC Web Conference 12/11/13

Shining a Light on Mercury Lamps:

Strategies for Safely Recycling Used Fluorescent Bulbs

An Expert Panel Discussion via Web Conference

    Wednesday, December 11th

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  CT

Audio Recording 
  Shining a Light on Mercury Lamps...Webinar Recording
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  Full Slide Presentation


Background  Materials   

Articles/Reports/Fact Sheets

- Compact Fluorescent Lamp Breakage Study Report 2008. Maine DEP

- Lamps Performance Metrics - Guidelines for States. PSI, 2009

- Product Stewardship Fluorescent Lighting Action Plan. PSI, 2008.

- Seven Steps to Start a Fluorescent Lamp Collection Program. PSI

- Fact Sheet: "Mercury in Lighting Products". PSI and Nebraska Product Stewardship Coalition.


- Recycling and Disposal after a CFL burns out. US EPA

- Compact Fluorescent Lights - The Mercury Matter. NRDC.

- Mercury Containing Light Bulbs and Lamps. Washington DEC

- Fluorescent Light Bulb Information - Maine DEP (Links to multiple reports)

- Vermont DEC's Mercury Education Reduction Campaign

- How to Clean Up Broken CFLs. WasteCap Nebraska

Current Laws

- Maine (2009)

- Vermont (2011)

- Washington (2010)


Topic Summary  
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.

There will be plenty of time to interact with panelists and ask questions. Don't miss out on this free webinar to learn what you can do to keep fluorescent lamps out of the waste stream!


Karen Shapiro, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Intitute


Carrie Hakencamp, Executive Director, WasteCap Nebraska


Carole Cifrino, Product Manager, Maine DEP


Kara Steward, Ecology Waste 2 Resources, Wasington Department of Ecology


Jennifer Holliday, Compliance Program and Solid Waste Manager, Chittenden County Solid Waste District

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Karen Shapiro, Senior Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Intitute (Moderator)

Karen Shapiro manages PSI's policy and program staff to accomplish policy objectives through a wide range of projects, including voluntary and regulatory initiatives. Karen has over 25 years of environmental experience, primarily working on issues of sustainability, including solid waste and packaging. Prior to joining PSI, Karen was a shareholder advocacy associate at Domini Social Investments, and Deputy Director of the Business & Sustainability Group at Tellus Institute, a nonprofit research and consulting organization, where her work included developing novel approaches to evaluating products and processes, such as life cycle assessment and the impacts of packaging materials. She previously conducted solid waste research at the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College, New York. Karen holds a B.S. in environmental science from Cook College/Rutgers University, and an M.S. in environmental health management from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Carrie Hakencamp, Executive Director, WasteCap Nebraska

Ms. Hakenkamp has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and has been involved in recycling and environmental issues for nearly 15 years.  She has been the Director of WasteCap Nebraska since 1998.  In that time, WasteCap has performed over 100 waste assessments for businesses, hosted over 30 workshops and educational tours, and written 12 publications for business recycling.  Ms. Hakenkamp completed an intensive, 9-month Executive Director Leadership Training program offered through the Institute for Conservation Leadership in 2007 and earned certificates in Project Management, Leadership, and Management from the Nebraska Business Development Center in 2009.








Carole Cifrino, Product Manager, Maine DEP

Carole Cifrino is Program Manager for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Product Management Programs.  She was principal staff in the development and implementation of Maine's first-in-the-nation producer responsibility laws for recycling of e-waste and for mercury-added lamp recycling. Carole also manages Maine’s programs requiring labeling & notification for mercury-added products, and the extended producer responsibility programs for mercury auto switches and mercury thermostats.  She previously worked in the Solid Waste Facility Licensing & Enforcement Program at DEP as project manager on several commercial, industrial and municipal landfills, and has professional experience in hazardous waste site clean-up, landscape design & construction, and residential energy auditing.


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

Kara is a graduate of Washington State University, with both a Bachelors and Masters in Environmental Science. She has over 20 years of consulting experience, mostly focused on Superfund related projects in the northwest. Kara has been in the Waste 2 Resources program at Washington Ecology since 2006. She began overseeing the mercury-containing lights product stewardship program in late 2010.    


Jennifer Holliday, Compliance Program and Solid Waste Manager, Chittenden County Solid Waste District

Jen Holliday has worked in the environmental field since 1985 and has developed and managed the household hazardous waste program for the Chittenden Solid Waste District, the largest solid waste district in Vermont, since the program started in 1991. Currently she serves as the Vice-Chair of the State of Vermont’s Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution. Committee members are appointed by the governor to advise the Legislature and public on matters related to mercury pollution. Jen has been a strong advocate for product stewardship in Vermont including educating local and state government officials on product stewardship and lobbying for EPR legislation. She is a founding member and Chair of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council formed in 2008 to work on EPR initiatives in Vermont.  On a national level, she has been an active participant in the PSI Paint Dialogue as well as collaborating with other product stewardship leaders in the United States and Canada on product stewardship initiatives. She has served on the PSI Board of Directors since 2006 and on the Executive Board since 2007.


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