Vermont Legislature passed S.34(Senator Lyons), the bill to create extended producer responsibility recycling program for mercury-containing light bulbs. Under S.34, recycling costs will be paid by the manufacturer, consistent with other product stewardship legislation that Vermont has enacted.
Mercury-containing lamps, such as CFLs, are seen as an environmentally friendly product compared to incandescent lamps, and environmental organizations support and even encourage their continued use. However, these bulbs also contain small amounts of mercury - a known neurotoxin - which makes properly disposing of the lamps critically important.
For the last three years, CAW has continuously fought to promote energy efficiency, while at the same time ensure convenient recycling opportunities exist as well. Currently, SB 589(Lowenthal) is intended to make retail collection of mercury lamps easier.