National strategy for the safe disposal of lamps containing mercury: Oct. 20, 2016

LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues: Sept. 22, 2016 

Light bulb moment? Researchers see bright idea: Aug. 18, 2016

Harry Verhaar, Philips Lighting: Circular economy and smart LED will 'drive the climate change agenda': July 22, 2016

Important Notice if You Sell or Import Lamps to PEI: Feb. 5, 2015

Toronto Star: Ontario may ban fluorescent light bulbs from garbage dumps: Jan. 29,2015

Global News: Ontario could ban compact fluorescent light bulbs from landfills: Jan. 28, 2015

Global News: Where to recycle compact fluorescent lights: Jan. 28, 2015

CTV News Toronto: Energy-saving bulbs tossed in trash, leaking mercury into environment: Jan. 27, 2015

RCO Response to Environment Discussion Paper: Nov. 28, 2014

2015-2020 Conservation First Framework and Incentive Programs: Presentation by Joe Bile - Dec. 3, 2014 (PDF; 1.5MB)

Take Back the Light Light Recycling Webinar for Contractors: June 2014

Municipal Facility, Street and Residential Light Recycling & Reimbursement Opportunities: Webinar. March/April, 2014

CBC News: Compact fluorescent bulbs often end up in the trash
: March 21, 2014. 

Managing your Stewardship Obligations Through Take Back the Light (PDF; 2MB; Nov/11)

About Take Back the Light and how it can benefit you! (PDF; 1.8MB; Feb/11)


The Bright Connection Newsletter:

Spring 2014 (2 MB, PDF)

June 2014 (2 MB, PDF)

Summer 2014 (1 MB, PDF)

Fall 2014 (1 MB, PDF) 

Winter 2014 (2 MB, PDF)






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