Recycling End-of-Life Lighting in Ontario as of 2023

April 3, 2023

As of January 1, 2023 lighting producers have new “extended producer responsibility” obligations in Ontario for the end-of-life management of lighting under Ontario Regulation 522/20: Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the “EEE Regulation”). This includes both end-of-life residential and commercial lighting, generated in Ontario.

End-of-life Recycling

Product Care Recycling is a not-for-profit organization registered as a “Producer Responsibility Organization” (PRO) for lighting under the EEE Regulation, and currently operating an Ontario end-of-life lighting products management system, as required under the EEE Regulation, on behalf of its producer members.

Compliance with End-of-Life Recycling

The compliance requirements of the EEE Regulation include the establishment and operation of a “no charge to drop off” network for the collection and recycling of lighting products across Ontario. Product Care Recycling partners with distributors and retailers to provide this value-added service, at no cost to the customer/consumer or to the store. Product Care Recycling continues to expand the lighting collection system and add locations. If you would like more information about the benefits of participating as a collection site, contact Product Care at ontario@productcare.org.

The Product Care Recycling program also provides a direct pickup and recycling service for commercial volumes (minimum of 1 full skid) of end-of-life lighting, such as lighting from a re-lamping or construction project.

More Information

For more information and eligibility requirements, visit: Recycle Commercial Volumes of Lights in Ontario – Product Care Recycling. 

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