OSRAM SYLVANIA and Veolia Environmental Services Expand Recycling Partnership to Canada

Environmentally Responsible Lamp Recycling Initiative Now Available in Canada

Oct 04, 2011, 09:00 ET from OSRAM SYLVANIA

TORONTO and DANVERS, Mass., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Furthering their commitment to lamp recycling and to protecting the environment, Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., the hazardous waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. (VESNA) and OSRAM SYLVANIA are pleased to announce the expansion of their joint online program to offer RecyclePak® recycling kits into Canada.

This collaboration began in 2006 when OSRAM SYLVANIA sought a lamp recycling solution for customers' small quantities of mercury-containing lamps and ballasts.  Veolia Environmental Services' RecyclePak® lamp and ballast recycling kits provided that solution, and the two companies launched an industry-first web program, at Greenbuild that year in Denver.  Working together, they also designed and introduced the first recycling kit for small quantities of CFLs generated by consumers.

RecyclePak® is Veolia Environmental Services' complete pre-paid lamp and ballast recycling solution. One price includes everything needed to recycle including shipping to and from a facility, packaging and recycling and written compliance documentation.  Veolia Environmental Services' RecyclePak® program not only provides a convenient recycling option, it also ensures complete compliance with state, provincial and local disposal regulations while reducing the risks associated with improper storage.

At Greenbuild this year, the companies are proud to announce an expansion of this successful online program into Canada through www.sylvania.com/recycle -- again, an industry first. Customers in Canada can now take advantage of the same, simple, cost-effective lamp recycling programs that have been offered for years in the U.S.  

"Expanding our partnership with OSRAM SYLVANIA is a true testament to both companies' global commitment to protecting public health and the environment," said Jim Bell, President and CEO of Veolia ES Technical Solutions. "Veolia Environmental Services is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our own activities and helping our customers convert their waste into a resource by expanding recycling, composting and renewable energy production. We are proud to be associated with such a socially responsible organization like OSRAM SYLVANIA."

"OSRAM SYLVANIA has always promoted lamp and ballast recycling as the most responsible method of disposal and efficient use of our resources," said Jennifer Dolin, manager of sustainability and environmental affairs at OSRAM SYLVANIA. "We take great pride in making it easy for our customers to be environmentally responsible. By furthering our commitment with Veolia Environmental Services and offering RecyclePak® to our Canadian customers, we hope that more businesses will see how easy and cost-effective it is to recycle their spent lamps."

As a subsidiary of OSRAM SYLVANIA, SYLVANIA Lighting Services (SLS) upholds that same commitment by being the first lighting service company to offer lamp recycling as part of every service and maintenance contract. Each year, SLS sends nine million lamps to certified recycling facilities, preventing over 114 pounds of mercury from going into landfills.

Since beginning their partnership back in 2006, OSRAM SYLVANIA and Veolia Environmental Services have experienced great success with the program, selling enough containers to recycle an estimated 650,000 lamps to date. Additionally, Veolia Environmental Services' RecyclePak® provides a recycling and disposal solution for OSRAM SYLVANIA's electronics waste, including batteries, computer electronics and other mercury containing items.

To kick off this exciting expansion, Veolia Environmental Services and OSRAM SYLVANIA are offering a discount promotion at Greenbuild.  Show attendees who visit both booths and order RecyclePak products through www.sylvania.com/recycle will receive a 15 percent discount and be eligible to win one of 20 SYLVANIA LED light bulbs.

For more information about RECYCLEPAK, please follow @SYLVANIA on Twitter, go to www.sylvania.com/recycle, or visit SYLVANIA booth #1511N and Veolia booth #4752S at the Greenbuild International Expo and Conference, October 4-7, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.


OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp.:

Based in Chicago, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. is the leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers across the US, Canada and the Caribbean. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

The Veolia Environmental Services group is the global benchmark for waste management and resource recovery and the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous wastes. From waste collection to treatment, recovery and recycling, the company provides innovative, efficient and sustainable waste solutions to municipal and industrial clients. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With employees in 77 countries, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of over $46 billion in 2010. Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolia.com and www.VeoliaES.com.