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Lamp Manufacturer Collection Plan

Manufacturer Collection Plan for Recycling of Mercury-Containing Lamps

Public Comment Period March 28 - April 27, 2012


Mercury lamp manufacturers selling or importing general purpose mercury-containing lamps into Vermont are required to establish a no-cost collection program for spent lamps at retail and municipal locations. Retailers that sell mercury-containing lamps under their own brand name are also “manufacturers” by definition.  Any person may bring any number of compact fluorescent bulbs and ten or fewer lineal or other mercury lamps per visit to a collection site.  Retailers selling mercury-containing lamps and any municipality may participate voluntarily in the collection program. Lamp manufacturers were required to submit a collection plan by February 1, 2012 and are required to implement the plan by July 1, 2012.  The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is required to review and approve collection plans after a 30-day public comment period.

On January 29, 2012, a collection plan was submitted by the National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association on behalf of 29 mercury lamp manufacturers.  DEC requested revisions to the collection plan and received all such revisions on March 21, 2012.  The collection plan has been determined to be complete and the DEC is requesting public comment on the plan.

Public comments should be submitted via email or mail no later than COB on April 27, 2012 to the following:

Gary Gulka

Waste Management & Prevention Division

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

103 South Main Street

Waterbury, VT 05671-0404

Phone: (802) 241-3626



Full Text of the Law

Manufacturer Collection Plan (pdf)

DEC Guidelines for Collection Plans (pdf)








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