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PRESS RELEASE- Wal-Mart & Sam's Club to Host Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Day: Downing encourages customers to bring used fluorescent bulbs to participating Massachusetts stores on Saturday, June 23, 2007
June 20, 2007

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announced today that all Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations across Massachusetts, in partnership with Waste Management’s WM LampTracker, Inc., will be hosting a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) recycling day this Saturday, June 23, 2007.


“I applaud Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Massachusetts for identifying a role they can play in reducing environmental impacts of toxic products,” said Downing.  “I encourage everyone with used fluorescent lighting to bring your bulbs to any participating location for proper recycling.”


CFLs are a safe, efficient lighting technology that consumers can use to save money and conserve energy.  Replacing just one conventional light bulb with a CFL can save up to $30 in electric costs, prevent more than 110 pounds of coal from being burned, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 450 pounds over the lifetime of the bulb. However, CFLs contain a small amount of mercury and should be recycled just like batteries, computers, cell phones, thermostats and other household products. 


This state-wide recycling initiative provides consumers with a free and easy way to recycle their used CFLs and fluorescent tubes.  Properly recycling used fluorescent lighting will help complete the life-cycle of mercury they carry.   Recycling kiosks will be conveniently located outside stores from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


“When we combine our individual efforts with sound state policy we pave the way for improving the health of our environment,” stated Downing.


This session, Senator Downing has co-sponsored legislation to establish a system for recycling discarded electronic products.  This bill, drafted by Senator Pamela Resor and Representative Frank Smizik, chairs of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, would require manufacturers, rather than taxpayers or municipalities, to be financially responsible for the collection and recycling of discarded electronic products.  This legislation projects a savings to cities and towns of between $6 - $21 million annually. 





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