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.