Recolight celebrates another successful and dynamic year for the lighting industry

Recolight celebrates another successful and dynamic year for the lighting industry

Recolight, the leading UK WEEE compliance scheme for lighting, yesterday celebrated an eventful year for the industry at the scheme’s annual summer event. The introduction of dual use and new BIS targets for lamp recycling have come at the same time that Recolight’s membership has increased significantly.

Recolight’s CEO, Nigel Harvey noted: “The last twelve months have seen a number of positive developments in the UK.  In particular, the decision by the Government to introduce dual use is an important step in making the UK WEEE system even fairer, and more sustainable.”

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A luminaire recycling rate of just 0.6%

The Government’s data shows that the recycling rate for business luminaires in 2012 was just 0.6%.  What that means is that virtually all waste luminaires are either being collected through informal channels such as scrap dealers, or are going to landfill.  A few may also be re-used or refurbished.  Given that waste luminaires contain valuable materials like aluminium, copper and steel, the majority are probably being recycled in some way.  But only 0.6% go through the WEEE system.

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