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Veolia Environmental Services Attains Approved Processor Status for Recycling Council of Ontario's Take Back the Light Program

06/17/13  • Waste
Launched in June 2008 with the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Take Back the Light is Canada’s first comprehensive fluorescent lamp recycling program. The program’s goal is to responsibly recycle fluorescent lamps that would otherwise be landfilled and to track and verify these activities. It facilitates proper collection and management of lamps to recover potentially hazardous mercury and other lamp materials. While the recovery of mercury is the primary objective of the program, glass, metals, and phosphor are also reclaimed and recycled.

“Proper handling of fluorescent and other mercury-bearing lamps is extremely important to Veolia and our customers,” says John McShane, Electronics Recycling Division General Manager for Veolia ES Technical Solutions. “Being an approved processor for Take Back the Light provides the public and our customers the assurance they need to know that their spent lamps will be handled properly.”

The context for mercury containing lamps is as follows:
  • It is estimated that approximately 30 million fluorescent lamps are disposed of annually.
  • In 2008, approximately 7% of fluorescent lamps were collected for recycling. This 7% figure represents approximately 312 kilograms of mercury.
  • It also represents over 8 million kilograms of glass, 100,000 kilograms of metal, and 128,000 kilograms of phosphor.
(Source: Recycling Council of Ontario & Electro Fed)
“Take Back the Light empowers organizations to recycle their lamps by simplifying the process and using sheer bulk buying power to get the best possible price for lamp recycling,” says Jo‐Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of Recycling Council of Ontario. “We are pleased to welcome Veolia as a qualified recycling service provider, and look forward to working with them as our program continues to expand.”
 
About Recycling Council of Ontario
Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization committed to minimizing society's impact on the environment by eliminating waste. RCO's mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the avoidance of waste, efficient use of resources, and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities. Visit www.rco.on.ca.
 
VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES NORTH AMERICA CORP.
Based in Chicago, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. is the leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.
 
The Veolia Environmental Services group is the largest waste services company in the world and the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous waste; on-site waste processing; industrial cleaning and process maintenance; and recycling, recovery and disposal for both the public and private sectors. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 313,000 employees in 74 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of almost $50 billion in 2009.
 
 Contact:
Jim Dykhuis, Veolia North America
Tel: 630 218 1763
Jim.dykhuis@veolia.com
 
Denisse Ike, Veolia North America
Tel: 312 552 2800
Denisse.ike@veolia.com
 
Cedric de Jager, Recycling Council of Ontario/Take Back the Light
Communications Manager
Tel: 416.657.2797, ext. 6
cedric@rco.on.ca