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OSRAM SYLVANIA and Veolia Environmental Services Expand Recycling Partnership to Canada

10/4/11  • Waste
This collaboration began in 2006 when OSRAM SYLVANIA sought a lamp recycling solution for customers’ small quantities of mercury containing lamps and ballasts. Veolia Environmental Services’ RecyclePak® lamp and ballast recycling kits provided that solution, and the two companies launched an industry-first web program, at Greenbuild that year in Denver. Working together, they also designed and introduced the first recycling kit for small quantities of CFLs generated by consumers.

RecyclePak® is Veolia Environmental Services’ complete pre-paid lamp and ballast recycling solution. One price includes everything needed to recycle including shipping to and from a facility, packaging and recycling and written compliance documentation. Veolia Environmental Services’ RecyclePak® program not only provides a convenient recycling option, it also ensures complete compliance with state, provincial and local disposal regulations while reducing the risks associated with improper storage.

At Greenbuild this year, the companies are proud to announce an expansion of this successful online program into Canada through www.sylvania.com/recycle -- again, an industry first. Customers in Canada can now take advantage of the same, simple, cost-effective lamp recycling programs that have been offered for years in the U.S.

"Expanding our partnership with OSRAM SYLVANIA is a true testament to both companies' global commitment to protecting public health and the environment," said Jim Bell, President and CEO of Veolia ES Technical Solutions. “Veolia Environmental Services is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our own activities and helping our customers convert their waste into a resource by expanding recycling, composting and renewable energy production. We are proud to be associated with such a socially responsible organization like OSRAM SYLVANIA.”

“OSRAM SYLVANIA has always promoted lamp and ballast recycling as the most responsible method of disposal and efficient use of our resources,” said Jennifer Dolin, manager of sustainability and environmental Affairs at OSRAM SYLVANIA. “We take great pride in making it easy for our customers to be environmentally responsible. By furthering our commitment withVeolia Environmental Services and offering RecyclePak® to our Canadian customers, we hope that more businesses will see how easy and cost-effective it is to recycle their spent lamps.”

As a subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA, SYLVANIA Lighting Services (SLS) upholds that same commitment by being the first lighting service company to offer lamp recycling as part of every service and maintenance contract. Each year, SLS sends nine million lamps to certified recycling facilities, preventing over 114 pounds of mercury from going into landfills.

Since beginning their partnership back in 2006, OSRAM SYLVANIA and Veolia Environmental Services have experienced great success with the program, selling enough containers to recycle an estimated 650,000 lamps to date. Additionally, Veolia Environmental Services’ RecyclePak® provides a recycling and disposal solution for OSRAM SYLVANIA’s electronics waste, including batteries, computer electronics and other mercury containing items. To kick off this exciting expansion, Veolia Environmental Services and OSRAM SYLVANIA are offering a discount promotion at Greenbuild. Show attendees who visit both booths and order RecyclePak products through www.sylvania.com/recycle will receive a 15 percent discount and be eligible to win one of 20 SYLVANIA LED light bulbs.

For more information about RECYCLEPAK, please follow @SYLVANIA on Twitter, go to www.sylvania.com/recycle, or visit booth Sylvania booth # 1151N and Veolia booth # 4752S at the Greenbuild International Expo and Conference, October 4-7, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.