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Norton Rose Fulbright: Lights Out! New Mercury-Containing Light Fee About to Take Effect in Washington

By Matthew Gurvitz

After a series of false starts, Washington’s mercury-containing lights product stewardship law will take effect on January 1, 2015.

Under the law, all mercury-containing lights sold in the state of Washington must include a product stewardship fee to finance their environmental handling and recycling.

Producers, wholesalers and retailers are prohibited from selling mercury-containing lights for residential use unless the producer is a registered participant of an approved product stewardship plan. The product stewardship plans ensure that everyone involved in the lifecycle of a product—from manufacture to retail to use and disposal—shares the cost of product management.

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