bulbs.com, a privately held e-commerce light bulb supplier, announced its support for mercury management legislation recently enacted by the Massachusetts legislature and signed into law by Governor Mitt Romney. As law, it will promote continued increases in the recycling rate of mercury containing lamps in the state.
“This law is a comprehensive approach to reducing mercury pollution in the Commonwealth,” said CEO Steven Rothschild. “On behalf of bulbs.com I would like to recognize everyone who has worked with us to create a law which works for the environment as well as successful and responsible businesses like ours. In particular I’d like to thank Representatives Vincent Pedone and Robert Spellane, and Senator Harriette Chandler for their tireless efforts to keep our Worcester business viable. I would also like to thank Senator Pamela Resor and Representative Frank Smizik for their work on the bill as members of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.” Rothschild added “Mercury pollution is a serious issue in terms of public health and the environment and we will do our part to combat it. We look forward to working closely with the DEP, our customers, and our community to encourage the increased use and responsible recycling of all energy efficient mercury containing lamps.”
Mike Connors, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented, “Other states such as New York and California already have lamp recycling laws in place. This program offers options for everyone from large industrial clients down to residential customers to comply with these regulations and keep mercury out of the waste stream.” Connors continued, “We encourage all of our customers to participate whether local law requires them to or not. It’s easy, and it’s the right thing to do.”
Mercury is a toxic element identified by the FDA and EPA as a danger to young children and women of childbearing age. Current technology requires the use of trace amounts of mercury in most energy efficient lighting. When properly recycled, mercury containing lamps actually reduce the emission of toxins, including mercury, by decreasing demand on coal fired power plants.