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Bertie Bulb tours the UK to encourage the public to recycle low-energy light bulbs!

Bertie Bulb tours the UK to encourage the public to recycle low-energy light bulbs!

Date: 15/8/2011

Bertie Bulb Tour image.jpgBertie Bulb, the ‘low-energy light bulb on a high energy mission to recycle’ visited Homebase stores across the country to raise awareness of the importance of recycling low-energy light bulbs. On a week long tour of the UK, Bertie visited Doncaster, Harrogate, Sunderland, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Dundee, Glasgow, Kendal, Liverpool, Manchester, Stroud, Southampton and Ipswich.


Homebase, one of the UK’s leading home improvement retailers, has signed an agreement with specialist recycling scheme Recolight to provide in-store collection facilities for low-energy light bulb recycling.


Homebase is one of a number of partnerships that Recolight has established with retailers and local authorities, with the aim of making recycling low-energy light bulbs easier and more convenient.  320 Homebase stores nationwide are now offering this collection service to customers, adding to Recolight’s existing facilities at Sainsbury’s and Robert Dyas stores. Customers can now dispose of their old low-energy light bulbs safely and conveniently, knowing that all the bulbs collected will be sent for recycling at approved treatment facilities. 


Recolight is also working with a number of local authorities with the aim of providing many more convenient collection points, to add to the 1,100 civic amenity sites across the country. The new collection points available through Recolight’s retail and local authority partners will give consumers a wider range of options to make recycling low-energy light bulbs as easy as possible.


Nigel Harvey, Recolight Chief Executive said: “Recolight is committed to making it as easy as possible for people to recycle their old low-energy light bulbs, and to raise awareness of the importance of doing so. We believe this partnership will enable us to spread the recycling message more widely and provide convenient collection locations for customers to take their old light-bulbs.  We are delighted by the commitment made by Homebase.  This is a really exciting development which will be integral to helping us to raise recycling rates as more low-energy light bulbs start to reach end-of-life in the coming years.”


Ian Jones, Retail and Distribution Director, said: “Homebase is one of the largest retailers of light bulbs and, as a responsible retailer, this facility makes it easy for our customers to recycle their used energy efficient light bulbs.”


In accordance with the WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Regulations, all low-energy light bulbs need to be recycled when they reach end- of-life. As traditional light bulbs are gradually phased out, low-energy versions will become more common in homes, and as they contain a small amount of mercury to produce light efficiently, they can be harmful to the environment if sent to landfill. 


For more information about recycling at Homebase visit To find out more about Bertie's Tour of the UK, visit his blog and find all the photos from the Tour on the Flickr page