Recolight provides WEEE compliance & recycling for all WEEE lighting


We were established by the UK lighting industry in 2005 primarily for the purpose of operating a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance Scheme on behalf of lamp producers in the UK.

Our operating model is based upon one developed by the European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) - a European Trade Association for lamp manufacturers - although the implementation is different in each country, reflecting the different national implementations of the WEEE Directive EC2002/94.

The WEEE Regulations require producers of EEE and their compliance schemes to finance and put systems in place for the treatment - including recycling - of separately collected WEEE.

We received scheme operator approval on 21 February 2007 and went live operationally on 2 July 2007.

Through us, the lighting industry alone has been responsible for collecting and recycling more items of WEEE than any other sector.


Provide a producer compliance scheme which meets its Member's obligations under the UK WEEE regulations.

Register lamp, LED and luminaire producers who have obligations under the WEEE Regulations as scheme Members.

Finance and manage the separate collection and treatment of waste gas discharge lamps, LEDs and luminaires in an environmentally sound manner.

Prevent all WEEE lighting from entering landfill, by going above and beyond our strict legal obligations.

Interface with the appropriate authorities representing scheme participants' views and interests.

Assist government bodies in the development of the WEEE Regulations and similar environmental interest legislation.

Provide information to all interested parties, including distributors and end users, as to best practice concerning lamp recycling procedures and encourage the development of an effective collection network for end-of-life lamps prior to shipment to the recycling plants for treatment.

Provide the UK's most comprehensive lamp recycling service to drive up the lamp recycling rate. Lamp recycling rates in the UK have grown faster than any other waste electrical equipment category, from 19% in 2008, to 48% in 2018.

Increase the WEEE recycling rate for separately collected luminaires. In 2012 the collection rate was just 1%. This was far too low. Recolight put in place strategies to increase this rate and in 2017 it was up to 7.5%!


Recolight is more that just a WEEE Compliance Scheme. We see ourselves as an enabler and influencer; challenging and supporting the Lighting Industry to be more sustainable.

Net zero carbon commitment

Recolight have committed to be net zero carbon by 2030. And aim to reach this ambitious goal by addressing logistical, recycling and other operational activities.

Recolight is the first WEEE scheme to make this commitment.

An independent environmental contractor has been appointed to assess Recolight’s carbon footprint on an annual basis, and to provide support in achieving net zero.

There will be challenges in reaching this goal, but Recolight are totally committed to the process and the outcome.

net zero by 2030

Lighting & the Circular Economy

Transformation to a circular economy is increasingly being seen as an essential requirement for manufacturing businesses. This will become ever more important as demand for resources rises, and energy costs increase.

A series of Recolight Webinars have bought together experts from across the lighting industry from: specifiers, designers, manufacturers to end-users.

The webinars cover legislation for lighting, circular economy principles implemented in product design by manufactures, and challenge the industry to be more sustainable.

Recolight are encouraged to see the lighting industry taking steps to become more sustainable. It is a given that we produce light sources that are very energy efficient.  Moving beyond that and adopting circular economy principles in how we manufacture those products will soon be a must do, and not just an ought to do.

The Circular Economy of Lighting


Our Vision

To become the UK’s recycling compliance scheme of choice, by expanding on our expertise gained in the lighting sector, driven by our care for our customers and the environment.

Our Mission

Expand the range of services we offer to meet the growing needs of our Members and customers.

Aim to be net zero by 2030 and to set annual carbon footprint reduction targets in support of that goal. Continually review and seek to limit the environmental impact of the services we provide.

Update our Members and customers with clear guidance on compliance.

Provide a long term, sustainable solution for the collection of waste mercury containing lamps.

Encourage legislators to implement and enforce regulations that deliver the right outcomes for the environment.

Work proactively and respond quickly to requests from Members and customers.

Maintain robust financials for future recycling.

Our Values

We act with Integrity
We are open, transparent, and we always seek to do the right thing.

Specifiers should work the WEEE system to get waste lighting recycled free of charge

We set the standard by listening to our customers, monitoring legislation, and building creative solutions.

Generous with our knowledge
We are informative, helpful, and give honest impartial advice.

Our team has a wealth of experience. They are knowledgeable, passionate, and committed to delivering the best service to our customers.

As a Member-owned, not-for-profit organisation we treat our Members and customers with fairness.

We drive change internally – in how we work; and externally – in how we support our Members, customers and the environment.


Recolight are actively involved and affiliated with a range of organisations who share our sustainability goals,
along with a fair and transparent implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility.


EucoLight member logoRecolight is a founder member of EucoLight, an important organisation for WEEE compliance schemes in Europe that focuses on WEEE lighting. Lighting schemes now have a face and voice in Brussels. EucoLight will helps to ensure that any changes to WEEE legislation at the EU level are right for the lighting industry.


Institute of Lighting ProfessionalsRecolight are a corporate member of the ILP; an influential professional body, who are consulted by government on a wide range of issues, including legislation and regulations that affect the built environment.

Their aim is to ensure that proposed measures are both effective and practicable, by serving on committees, and commenting on draft legislation, reports and consultations.


LIA is the trade association for the lighting industry. LIA’s primary purpose is to promote and develop the UK lighting market for the long term benefit of its members and all other stakeholders.

As a member, Recolight works closely with LIA, helping to ensure that all key organisations working in the industry receive consistent advice and guidance on WEEE.


The SLL recognises the expertise of the lighting community in tackling the challenges which face us all, considering the climate emergency, global political uncertainty, rapid technological change, significant societal shifts, and skills shortages.

As a Sustaining Member of the SLL, Recolight are part of a network of businesses who collaborate to give financial, technical and moral support to a wide range of Society initiatives.


The ECA works with regulatory bodies, government and opinion formers to build an efficient and sustainable industry, based on high standards of training and practice. Through representation and lobbying, the ECA actively leads on key issues including safety, training, qualification and technological development.

The ECA fully support Recolight, and recommends to their members  that they join the Recolight collection network.


The APSRG is the leading forum informing the debate between parliamentarians, business leaders and the sustainable resource community.

The Group’s mission is to provide an objective platform for effective communication between policy-makers, businesses and organisations with an interest in the sustainable resource management agenda. The APSRG organises a regular programme of focused parliamentary events, conducts detailed policy research projects and provides in-depth parliamentary monitoring and analysis.


Recolight is a guest participant in the Joint Trade Associations (JTA).  The JTA is an alliance of nine of the UK’s main trade associations representing the electrotechnical industries, including LIA, EEF, AMDEA, and TechUK.

The JTA was formed to represent the views of EEE producers to Government and the market regarding producer responsibility obligations, including the WEEE Regulations. JTA is an unincorporated body and is not a legal entity.


Recolight are a member of ICER, an industry body that represents the WEEE sector. Members include producers of electronic and electrical equipment, compliance schemes, waste management companies, treatment facilities and recyclers. It is the forum for industry to work together with government and regulators on WEEE policy and implementation.

Recolight are also members of

CENELEC working group. BSI working group for BS8887; the process of remanufacture.
DEFRA WEEE Standards committee. Lighting Europe WEEE working group.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO, is chairman of the WEEE Scheme Forum.


Recolight is run by a professional and industry experienced team who are uniquely qualified to provide specialist recycling services and advice for all lighting in scope of the WEEE regulations.


Nigel Harvey
Chief Executive


Amel Gharbi
Operations Manager

Suzanne Castine Recolight marketing manager

Suzanne Castine
Marketing Manager


Adrian Willis
Membership Development Manager


Lyndsey Tweddle
Customer Service Manager