AB 1173 (Huffman, 2009-10) - Fluorescent Lamp Toxics Reduction and Recycling Act

Update: AB 1173 was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Oct 11. Read veto message.

Creates a free and convenient program for consumers to properly dispose of residential fluorescent lights (RFL).

Position and Status.
CAW sponsors. AB 1173 was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Oct 11. Read veto message. passed through the Assembly and Senate. Now, to the Governor's Desk.

While the environmental choice of using fluorescent lighting over incandescent lighting is a clear one, the current generation of fluorescent lights is not without their issues because each fluorescent lamp contains mercury.

  1. Phasing out the use of preheat fluorescent lamps, many of which are very high in mercury content
  2. Requiring retailers receiving public energy efficiency funds to provide the public with convenient in-store collection opportunities for the recycling of residential fluorescent lamps; and
  3. Requiring lamp manufacturers that receive public energy efficiency funds to:
  • Limit their basic lamps to four milligrams of mercury or less;
  • Meet Energy Star standards for longevity, quality and efficiency; and
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive residential fluorescent lamp recycling program;

CAW Staff Contacts.
Teresa Bui (916) 443-5422

Current Actions.
No current actions on this bill.


Assembly Member Jared Huffman
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814
fax: 916-319-2106

Current Language, Analyses and Votes.

Californians Against Waste
The Utility Reform Network (TURN)
California Refuse Recycling Council
City of Sebastopol
San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority 
Marin Sanitary Service
California Retailers Association
OSRAM Sylvania

California's Taxpayers' Association
Stop Hidden Taxes Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
City and County of San Francisco
California Product Stewardship Council
Clean Water Action
Sempra Energy
City of Sunnyvale
California Resource Recovery Association

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