Recolight passes 300m lamp recycling landmark

Recolight, the compliance scheme for lighting waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), has funded the recycling of 300 million fluorescent and LED lamps and luminaires since the WEEE Regulations were brought in in 2007, it was announced yesterday (3 September).

The organisation, which passed the 200-million lamps recycled milestone in 2014, claims to have recycled more lamps, LEDs and luminaires than all other UK WEEE compliance schemes combined, and has contributed to the increase in the UK’s lamp recycling rate, which has improved from 39.5 per cent in 2012 to 48.5 per cent in 2017.

Recolight is also the only UK compliance scheme to run an open collection point network for consumer and business waste fluorescent lamps, offering 3,000 collection points across the UK.Recolight passes 300m lamp recycling landmark

Commenting on the announcement, Nigel Harvey, Chief Executive of Recolight, said: “Our members can be very proud that they have helped to achieve this 300-million milestone; it is they that have made it possible and it is a testament to their dedication to improve lighting recycling in the UK. Their role is helping the UK to meet the national recycling targets set out in the recast WEEE Directive.”

In addition to Recolight’s recycling landmark, the scheme is also set to extend its compliance offering to collect more waste electricals covered by the WEEE Regulations.

Speaking on the new offering, Suzanne Castine, Marketing Manager at Recolight, said: “It’s great to be in a position to offer this complete WEEE recycling service. Feedback from our collection partners told us they wanted more. The success of our lamp and luminaire service over the years has made this possible.”

Recolight is exhibiting at RWM 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham, on 12-13 September. The Recolight team will be on stand 4M32 to talk about the scheme’s extended compliance offering.

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