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New Canadian Law Aims to Help Keep Mercury-Filled Light Bulbs Out of Landfills

Bill C-238, a new act that features rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, recently received royal assent.

Each year, approximately 1,150 kilograms of mercury end up in Canadian landfills. And in an effort to keep mercury-filled light bulbs out of landfills, the Canadian government is issuing guidance on how to properly dispose of the light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.

Bill C-238, a new act that features rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, recently received royal assent. In addition to offering ways to safely dispose of mercury-filled light bulbs, the bill requires the environment minister to table the national strategy in Parliament within two years of the bill receiving royal assent.

CBC News has more information:

Canadians will soon have guidance from the federal government on how to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.

Bill C-238, a new act that sets out rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, received royal assent on Thursday.

The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act commits the government to identify ways to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs safely and establish guidelines for facilities that dispose of them, and then promote the program to Canadians.

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