Environmentally Sound Management of Lighting Products

Maximum mercury and other hazardous substance content stand¬ards should be established that are in line with global best practice. Ensuring the availability of quality lamps in the market and verifying their compliance with maximum mercury limits is also essential to minimize health and safety risks.

Special attention should be given to the development of a legal framework for environmentally sound, end-of-life activities, making this a high national priority and ensuring coordinated law enforcement. Policy and legislation should be carefully drafted and implemented before the establishment of formal collection channels and recycling facilities.These are key areas of sustainability in lighting that merit the attention of national regulators in their efforts to implement a comprehensive lighting policy.

These recommendations reflect global international initiatives addressing hazardous waste, such as the "Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal", and the "Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee" for the development of any legally binding agreement on mercury.

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