free lamp recycling

Free of charge recycling of waste lamps

A higher Government lamp WEEE target for 2016 means most Waste Management and Facilities Management companies should be able to access free waste lamp recycling.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations require Producers to fund the recycling of waste electricals – including fluorescent lamps. At the end of March, the Government announced that the 2016 UK lamp recycling target, to be funded by Producer Compliance Schemes (PCSs), is 6882 tonnes. That is much higher than the 2015 target which was 2680 tonnes.

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mobile lamp crushing

Mobile lamp crushing

When waste lamps are collected they are usually transported whole, in their collection container, to a treatment plant.  But as an alternative, they can be crushed at the collection site, and then transported in sealed packaging to a treatment plant.

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Change to EEE reporting categories

In January 2019 the UK WEEE Regulations will introduce new producer reporting categories; reducing the current 14 categories down to 6.

The change would affect most UK luminaire producers. All lamps are reported in their own category, so lamp producers are not impacted by the change.

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Record year for WEEE compliance Member growth

Recolight has seen that fastest member growth in 2015 since the start of operations. We were also the fastest growing PCS scheme in the UK in 2015.

At the end of each year a few members leave our scheme as they no longer need compliance. We started 2015 with 135 members and grew to 166 by the end of the year.

This is an incredible achievement for Recolight, with members joining us because we provide more than just compliance.

Recolight are active in lobbying the government to make sure any changes to the regulations are right for our members and the lighting industry. Because we specialise in just WEEE lighting, we fully understand the beneficial effects upon the environment. We will also survey our members and ask for how changes may affect them, and ask for our members to respond directly to consultations.

Dual use WEEE lighting classification explained at LIA Technical Forum

Presenting to the LIA Technical Forum

The LIA Technical Forum, held twice a year near Stratford-upon-Avon, is always a very useful event.  Attendees receive timely updates on many aspects of standardisation, legislation and technology changes as they affect the lighting industry.  So I was particularly pleased to be invited to talk on the impact of dual use WEEE on Lighting at the meeting on 1 July.

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National lamp recycling target likely to increase

The Government has consulted on the national targets for household WEEE recycling, including the target for waste lamp recycling.  In 2014, the national target was 830 tonnes.  However, in its consultation, the Government has proposed increasing the target in 2015 to 2680 tonnes.  This is a significant increase, which in part is intended to allow for the fact that more business WEEE will be reported as household in 2015.

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