What we heard report from national forum on lamp disposal: Summary of discussions on the path forward
Participants were asked to provide input on a collective vision for the national strategy and top overall priorities, as well as provide suggestions around what needs to be done to engage all stakeholders in the development of the national strategy.
Participants’ vision for the future included high levels of public awareness and participation around this issue. They also wanted to see all those involved in the lamp life cycle contributing to improving diversion of spent lamps out of landfills.
Participant priority areas
At the end of the day, table groups were asked to identify their top three priorities for the National Strategy moving forward. A number of participant priorities emerged, including to:
- Create and implement a public education and awareness strategy for the environmentally sound end-of-life management of mercury-containing lamps, with campaigns that target various population segments. The industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sector was recommended as an early focus for these efforts.
- Develop common measurement and reporting tools, including standard metrics and benchmarks.
- Start a separate conversation with northern, remote and Indigenous communities with a view to fostering engagement, establishing partnerships, and exploring pilot projects (e.g., courier program or LED swap-out program).
- Develop practical indicators to determine the effectiveness of the national strategy, including a metric to measure public awareness and participation in lamp recycling programs.
Participants discussed what needs to be done to engage all relevant stakeholders in the development of the national strategy, including who and how they should be engaged.
With regard to who should be engaged in the development of the national strategy, a wide range of stakeholders were identified, including provincial and territorial governments, regional authorities, Indigenous organizations, municipalities, industry, non-governmental organizations and community organizations.
Key stakeholders not to miss include: lamp manufacturers, retailers and importers, waste management organizations, commercial collectors and end-users for recycled products (e.g., sandblasting companies), contractors (including electrical contractors), trade associations (Building Owners and Managers Association [BOMA], Leadership in Energy and Design [LEED]), utilities, federal, provincial, and territorial procurement groups, municipalities, property managers and community housing organizations, shipping companies, and community groups.
Participants emphasized the importance of engaging stakeholders from a broad cross-section of trades in the ICI and construction, renovation, and demolition sectors. Some suggested ways to reach out to these stakeholders included through trade associations, at conferences and trade shows.
Starting the conversation with northern, remote and Indigenous communities was considered an important next step, in recognition of the fact these communities are best positioned to articulate the challenges they face and to identify and implement potential solutions.
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