Updates to the Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Law

Effective September 19, 2019, The State of Maine has made changes to the “Mercury Added Lamp Recycling Program” of which the Town of New Gloucester is a participant.

Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §1672, sub-§1, ¶A-1 is enacted to read:

A-1. “Covered entity” means a person who at any one time presents for drop off at a collection location participating in a department-approved program for the recycling of mercury-added lamps under this subsection:

  1. Any number of compact fluorescent mercury-added lamps; or
  2. Ten or fewer mercury-added lamps that are not compact fluorescent mercury added lamps.

This is merely a highlight of the changes as they affect our Transfer Station operation.

The acceptance of fluorescent light bulbs at the New Gloucester Transfer Station is no longer limited to just households. Small businesses in town may now bring their fluorescent bulbs to the Transfer Station for recycling.

Further, and most importantly, the State now mandates that no more than ten fluorescent bulbs, other than compact fluorescent bulbs, may be disposed of by any one entity per visit.