Q3 lamp recycling data could lead to higher WEEE costs

The latest lamp recycling data was released by the Environment Agency at the end of November.  This shows that 4141 tonnes have been collected up to end September 2016.  If collections continue at the same rate to the end of the year, the national target would be missed by around 1000 tonnes.READ MORE >

Recolight are pleased to have been instrumental in the establishment of the new WEEE PCS Balancing System, or PBS.

Most Local Authority household waste recycling centres collect WEEE.  And under WEEE regulation 34, a Local Authority can require any PCS to make a WEEE collection, from any site in the UK, subject to certain conditions.  The availability of regulation 34 is good news for Local Authorities – it is the mechanism included in the 2013 WEEE regulations which ensures an LA can always get their WEEE collected for free.READ MORE >

Recolight RB19 container

The right container for waste lamps

Breakage of waste lamps, either when they are placed in a container, or during transport, is probably the biggest source of fugitive mercury emissions associated with lamp recycling.  As a result, the correct design of waste lamp containers is vital to ensure that lamps can be collected and transported intact.  That is why Recolight has paid very considerable attention to the design and testing of the principal container used within our network.


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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.


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.


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.


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.



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