Draft End-of-Life Code of Practice for Mercury-Containing Lamps

Draft End-of-Life Code of Practice for Mercury-Containing Lamps

A proposed code of practice for mercury-containing lamps at the end of their life has been published for comment by Environment Canada. Deadline for submitting comments: June 6.

The draft code does not prescribe specific methods or technologies. Instead, it provides information on best practices, options and considerations for various activities of end-of-life management of mercury-containing lamps, such as collection and storage, materials management and emergency response plans, and tracking.

The best practices cover various types of mercury-containing lamps, including:

  • fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • fluomeric lamps metal halide lamps (e.g., for stadium or warehouse lighting applications)
  • mercury vapour discharge lamps (e.g., for street and floodlighting applications)
  • sodium vapour lamps (e.g., for street and floodlighting applications)
  • cold cathode and external fluorescent lamps (e.g., for electronic display applications, signs)
  • automotive high-intensity discharge (HiD) lamps

The code of practice is a voluntary tool developed to complement provincial, territorial and local efforts. It may be used as guidance by various Canadian governmental jurisdictions within their waste management programs or regulatory frameworks and by other stakeholders. Aspects of the code of practice could also be referenced in industry plans for recycling programs that may be required under provincial and territorial waste management regimes.

Why it’s needed

Mercury is an essential component in some energy-efficient lamps such as fluorescent tubes and light bulbs. Mercury-containing lamps use a low-pressure mercury electrical discharge in which a fluorescing coating transforms ultraviolet energy into visible light. These lamps contain a small amount of mercury which may be released when the lamps break or are improperly disposed as regular garbage. The mercury vapour released from these broken lamps poses a potential risk to human health and the environment. Thus, it is important that mercury-containing lamps are managed properly at their end of life to prevent the release of mercury to the environment.

Methyl mercury can cause an array of health problems including brain damage and neurological development effects in fetuses, infants and young children.

Find out more: http://www.ec.gc.ca/lcpe-cepa/eng/participation/default.cfm.

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. 


Related Articles

Changing Scene


  • LIT Design Awards Light Art Project Winner: Integral Group

    LIT Design Awards Light Art Project Winner: Integral Group

    December 19, 2022 Prize(s) Winners in Light Art Project Company Integral Group Lead Designers Ellie Niakan + Catherine Chan Photo Credits Catherine Chan Completion Date December 21, 2021 Project Location New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada Although appearing as solitary, trees are connected to one another through vast underground systems known as mycorrhizal networks. Through these hidden systems—a symbiotic relationship between plants… Read More…

  • LIT Lighting Design Awards: Capital Park Landscape, Victoria, BC

    LIT Lighting Design Awards: Capital Park Landscape, Victoria, BC

    December 5, 2022 Located in one of Victoria’s most historic neighborhoods, the Capital Park Mixed-Use Development is made up of seven buildings stretching across three lots and is responsible for nearly an entire city block of Victoria’s downtown core. The project took place over the span of three phases and eight years. The first phase… Read More…

New Products

  • JSBT Tapered Switchable White Surface Mount Disk Light

    JSBT Tapered Switchable White Surface Mount Disk Light

    January 27, 2023 JSBT SlimBasics™ Tapered LED Disk Light Series comes in 4″ and 6″ sizes and provides even illumination where you need it most. Designed to provide good lighting quality, while also being budget friendly, the JSBT is the lowest total install cost LED solution for residential spaces. The matte white aluminum housing is… Read More…

  • 2″ Purist™ luminaires

    January 27, 2023 Meticulously designed, Purist was created with versatile light, beam, adjustability, and finish options that allow you to illuminate your environment in your light. 2″ Apertures (1.25″ with Pinhole trims). Up to 1500 lumens per lamp. 25° Vertical tilt. 2700K-4000K Color temperatures. 3000K-1800K Warm dimming. 15°-65° Beam Spreads. Wall Wash Available. For more… Read More…