Under the plan, a new non-profit company will develop recycling standards for gas discharge light bulbs such as fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescents as well as high-pressure mercury, high-pressure sodium, metal halide and low-pressure sodium lamps. About 20 lamp producers, waste management firms and small-scale recyclers are supporting the new company, which has been named Sustainalite.
According to Viv Goddard of GE Lighting, the scheme will eventually require participating companies to end all landfilling of certain types of lamps and to separate certain materials, such as mercury.
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