Recolight calls on the public sector to make cost savings through free lamp recycling

Our research has found that the overwhelming majority of public sector organisations are not taking advantage of free lamp recycling services available to them. Currently, only 0.3% of public sector organisations benefit from our free lamp recycling service as a member of our national network of collection points.

The research found that only 9% of the network of over 1,300 collection points is made up of public sector organisations. Although some smaller organisations do set up ad hoc collections with Recolight for their waste lamps, a large number of organisations which would generate enough lamps for regular collection are missing out of the costs savings available.

Local Authorities taking the lead

Of the public sector, Local Authorities are ahead in taking up the free lamp recycling service, with 11% opting to join the network. Major MOD sites are next with 10% using the service. The NHS and the education system are lagging behind in uptake, with only 0.2% of NHS hospitals and GP practices, and only 0.1% of schools, colleges and universities part of the network.

A certain number of public sector organisations outsource services to Facilities Management companies, which, if part of Recolight’s collection point network, should pass on the costs savings to the organisation.

Free lamp recycling 

If an organisation collects more than 1,000 lamps in three months, Recolight can provide a container, free of charge, and collect the lamps once the container is full. Collection and recycling of all waste lamps is completely free of charge including the full provision of consignment notes for duty of care purposes and access to fully accredited suppliers.

Recolight has a range of other free and convenient WEEE recycling options, depending on the amount of lamps collected each month.

Suzanne Castine

Marketing Manager, Recolight - - As well as being in charge of effective communication and driving up membership of the Recolight WEEE scheme, Suzanne is chair of the Eucolight Marketing and Communication working group; a platform for sharing best practice with EU member state Producer Compliance Schemes.



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