Recycle your industrial lighting - it's free in B.C.
It used to cost you to recycle used lamps and ballasts, but not anymore
Energy-efficient lighting doesn't just save energy. Newer lamps and fixtures have much longer lifespans than older-style lighting.
However, every lamp gives out at some point. And since a year ago in B.C., recycling used lighting — including industrial and commercial lighting — is free.
If you're a contractor or relamper, or if you manage an industrial or commercial building, you were often charged a fee for taking lamps and ballasts to a recycler prior to October 2012. Now, the cost of recycling has shifted to the point of purchase, with a recycling fee charged on every lamp, ballast, or fixture manufactured or imported into B.C.
Program at a glance
- Under the British Columbia Recycling Regulation, recycling for all lamps and lighting fixtures, including those containing PCBs, is available free of charge.
- In addition to the pre-existing sites for recycling residential lamps and fixtures, there are sites accepting large volumes of lamps from commercial and industrial generators.
- As well, there is a direct-service pick-up option for businesses that have more than a pallet of lamps to be recycled.
- To find the nearest drop-off location or pick up service, visit the LightRecycle website.
- LightRecycle information for large volume generators (businesses, contractors, industry, relampers, schools, hospitals, building managers)
- Full story on bchydro.com
- Media release on new services and government regulation [PDF]