LightRecycle Washington Goes Live!
July 30, 2015
On Thursday, July 30 at the first official WRED event of 2015, almost 60 attendees joined us at the Georgetown Campus of the South Seattle Community College, WA for, "LightRecycle Washington Goes Live!"
With delicious Two Tartes scones in hand, attendees began the day networking with peers. WA State Representative, Joe Fitzgibbon kick started the day's program with a background on his involvement in passing the LightRecycle legislation. Steve Whittaker, Public Health Researcher with Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Public Health of Seattle & King County , then presented a fascinating overview of why Mercury-containing lights need to be managed safely and mercury's effect on the environment.
Continuing the presentations, Peter Thermos, Program Manager of LightRecycle Washington and Lauren Kulokas, Senior Program Manager LightRecycle, Product Care then took the helm to give an program overview of the LightRecycle WA program and how it operates. They also provided great answers to audience questions on how to promote the program to the public.
Finishing up our formal presentations was Mark Kohorst with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) who discussed the workings of financing this type of produce responsibility program. Next, we had representatives from collection sites including Morgan Richards and Troy Ward from McLendon Hardware as well as Quinn Schweizer from Recology CleanScapes. The panel introduced their involvement with the LightRecycle WA program from a large retailer and curbside perspective offering great examples of the collection process in both areas.
Following the presentations, attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch and beverages, while taking time to network with peers, make new connections and enjoy the view of the Blue Angels practicing for SeaFair that weekend.
From there attendees took a short ride down the road for a behind-the-scenes tour of EcoLights NW guided by knowledgeable and energetic staff who answered questions and helped explain the light recycling process in the facility. Attendees cycled through seven separate stations throughout the facility, each focusing on a different step in the recycling process. After the tour, attendees were able to head out and enjoy the sunny day!
Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, Precious Metal Members, WRED Committee members, hosts and attendees for another successful WRED event! Also, thank you to Liz Larter with the Northwest Product Stewardship Council for taking photos!
Mercury and Fluorescent Lighting
Steve Whittaker, Public Health Researcher, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Public Health—Seattle & King County
LightRecycle Washington Program Overview
Peter Thermos, Program Manager of LightRecycle Washington and Lauren Kulokas, Senior Program Manager LightRecycle, Product Care
Funding State Lamp Recycling Programs: Industry Perspective
Mark A. Kohorst, Senior Manager – Environment, Health & Safety , National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
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