Canadians will soon have guidance from the federal government on how to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.
Bill C-238, a new act that sets out rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, received royal assent on Thursday.
The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act commits the government to identify ways to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs safely and establish guidelines for facilities that dispose of them, and then promote the program to Canadians.
The bill also requires the environment minister to table the national strategy in Parliament within two years of the act receiving royal assent.
Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher, who introduced the private member's bill, said there were no federal regulations outlining how to dispose of light bulbs.
"You can take your mercury-bearing light bulb, and you can throw it in your garbage bag and put it to the curb," he said.