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ACT NO. 117


Conservation; solid waste; mercury

This act requires a motor vehicle recycler to remove mercury-added vehicle switches prior to crushing, shredding, or other scrap metal processing. The act also requires a manufacturer of motor vehicles sold in Vermont to implement a mercury-added vehicle switch recovery program. Under the mercury-added vehicle switch recovery program, a motor vehicle manufacturer shall: provide educational material for identifying and removing mercury-added switches; provide storage containers at no cost to motor vehicle recyclers; provide collection, packaging, and shipping materials to motor vehicle recyclers at no cost; develop and file with the agency of natural resources an implementation plan for a recovery program; and issue an annual report to the agency of natural resources regarding the number of switches recovered, the names of motor vehicle recyclers providing switches, the number of switches removed by recyclers and the total amount of mercury collected under the plan during the previous 12-month period. The act sunsets the requirements for motor vehicle recyclers and motor vehicle manufacturers on December 31, 2017.

In addition, the act requires the agency of natural resources to: train motor vehicle recyclers regarding the mercury-added switch removal program; develop exemptions for certain mercury-added vehicle switches; and report to the general assembly annually regarding the effectiveness of the mercury-added switch recovery program. The act also requires the agency of natural resources to conduct a study of methods to increase the recycling of mercury thermostats. The act makes several technical amendments to existing statutory requirements for the sale and use of mercury products.

Effective Date: July 1, 2006

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont