Lamp recycling now available in Canada
Veolia’s RecyclePak is a pre-paid recycling solution

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., the hazardous waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., and Osram Sylvania are expanding their joint online program to offer RecyclePak® recycling kits into Canada.

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 announced an expansion of this successful online program into Canada. Customers in Canada can now take advantage of the same simple, cost-effective lamp recycling programs that have been offered for years in the United States.

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 9 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.