Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) addressed the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on Thursday, June 1.
- RCO Opening Remarks (07:54)
- Response to senate question on needing a bill for a national strategy (3:02)
- Response to senate question on the most obvious opportunity on a national strategy (3:05)
- Response to senate question on whether the Quebec approach to EPR makes the most sense (3:18)
- Response to senate question on cost and energy efficiency on servicing remote areas (4:28)
It suggests the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, in co-operation with representatives of the provincial and territorial governments and with representatives of other interested governments in Canada that are responsible for the environment, and in consultation with all interested persons or organizations that he or she considers appropriate, must develop a national strategy for the safe and environmentally sound disposal of lamps containing mercury.
The strategy may include:
- identification of practices for the safe and environmentally sound disposal of those lamps;
- establishment of guidelines for facilities where activities involved in the safe and environmentally sound disposal of those lamps are carried out; and
- development of a plan to promote public awareness of the importance of those lamps being disposed of safely and in an environmentally sound manner.
Recycling Council of Ontario has long been active in ensuring fluorescent lights and bulbs are properly managed at end-of-life, and supports Bill C-238 and its goal to implement a national strategy that ensures the safe management of mercury-containing bulbs.
Since 2008, Take Back the Light has collected 19.6 million lamps; and recovered 70 kilograms of mercury, 4.6 million kilograms of glass, 70,000 kilograms of aluminum, and 67,000 kilograms of phosphorus powder for recycling purposes.