Share and view ideas: national strategy for disposal of lamps containing mercury

From Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: open

Opened in November 2017 and will close to new input on April 29, 2019.

Share your ideas about how Canada can significantly reduce the number of lamps containing mercury going to landfills. Comments gathered through this consultation will be taken into consideration as we develop a national strategy for safe and environmentally sound disposal of lamps containing mercury.  

Join in: how to participate

Read the Proposed national strategy for lamps containing mercury and the Baseline report: end-of-life management of lamps containing mercury in Canada.

Send us your comments using the feedback form.

You can also send an email to with your ideas or comments.

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Who is the focus of this consultation

We invite all Canadians to comment, including anyone involved in end-of-life management of lamps containing mercury (collection, storage, transportation, processing and disposal). You may be interested in commenting if you work in one of the following areas:

  • electrical contracting
  • lamp processing
  • hazardous waste management
  • municipal waste management
  • retail stores
  • stewardship organizations

Why we are consulting

The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act was enacted in June 2017. It requires the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to develop a national strategy by June 2019 in cooperation with provincial, territorial, and other governments in Canada responsible for the environment. The Minister must report on its implementation every 5 years.

Many lamps contain small amounts of mercury. Once these lamps burn out (becoming end-of-life or spent lamps), they must be collected and sent to specialized facilities for processing to ensure that mercury is not released into the environment. This process is known as environmentally sound disposal or simply lamp recycling. Many Canadians are unaware that they should participate in lamp recycling programs. For many others, particularly those in northern, remote and Indigenous communities, these programs are not easily accessible.

Key questions for discussion

  • What programs, services or incentives would make you more likely to recycle lamps?
  • What should be done to raise awareness of the importance of recyling lamps?
  • What solutions would be most effective to recover spent lamps from northern, remote and Indigenous communities?
  • What are the key pieces of information about end-of-life management that should be tracked to measure progress?
  • Are there any gaps in the guidance or best practices used in your province, territory or place of business?

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