Recolight offer a FREE recycling service for waste lamps, in compliance with the WEEE regulations. This is a FREE service because we are funded by our Members, the lighting industry and operate as a not for profit WEEE Compliance Scheme.
The Recolight recycling service is provided for Recolight Producer Members, their customers and end users. Luminaire recycling is provided for our Producer Members’ non-household obligated waste.
To date Recolight has recycled over 300 million lamps, this is more WEEE lighting than all UK Compliance schemes combined.
Recolight provide a collection service for all electrical and electronic waste, covered by the WEEE Regulations. And we recycle batteries too.
This is a cost effective solution for Recolight Collection Points – providing you with a complete WEEE service.
GO TO > Electrical waste recycling
If you import lamps into the UK, manufacture in the UK or re-brand then you need to be a member of a compliance scheme.
Your Compliance Scheme will recycle your lighting for you.
Please refer to our page for Lighting Producers.
To be completed for service option 1, 2 or 3
Decide which service you need from those listed below, and then
We will contact you within five working days to discuss your application.
We make our lamps recycling service available in order to collect sufficient waste lamps to discharge our producer members’ annual lamp recycling obligations. As tonnages collected may vary through the year, and obligations will change from year to year, we may either be open to accept new collection points, or may be at full capacity and unable to take on new collection points. The free service is subject to minimum volume requirements, to ensure we collect waste in the most efficient manner.
For relamp projects and sites that do not generate regular large quantities of lamps:
Luminaire collection is a free service for Recolight Members’ obligated waste. Minimum requirements apply. The initial request must come from the Recolight Producer Member.
A paid service is available for non obligated waste. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Recolight also has an open network for small volumes of luminaires.
A free service for Recolight Producer Members’ obligated waste. The initial request for collection must come from the Recolight Producer Member.
SKIPS FOR LIGHT FITTINGS
Recolight provide skips large scale roll outs of LED Luminaires and LED street lighting. This helps to keep the waste fittings secure and your site tidy.
Minimum requirements apply. To learn more email email@example.com
SMALL QUANTITIES OF WASTE LAMPS
The WEEE Regulations state that Non-household waste is obligated to Recolight when a Recolight Member supplies new product which displaces old product on a like for like basis, and where the waste was originally supplied before 2005.
There will be no crossed wheelie bin symbol on the product. Non-household waste is also obligated to Recolight when a Recolight member’s products which bear the crossed wheelie bin symbol reach end of life. In both situations, the holder of the waste does not have the right for a free collection from business premises.
Recolight has a duty to set up a system to receive waste:
Recolight has a duty to finance the recycling of waste delivered into this system.
Recolight provide a collection service for the customers of our Producer Members, going beyond the legal requirements of the WEEE Regulations.
More than just lighting
Recolight provide FREE lamp recycling. We can do this because we are a not for profit company, funded by our Members in the lighting industry.
For a small competitive cost, we collect and recycle general WEEE and batteries too – providing you with a complete WEEE service.
Recolight offer a service for small portable batteries.
Due to the fragile nature of batteries, we also offer extensive guidance for their storage and transportation.
GO TO > Managing your site
Recolight do not collect:
To sign up for electrical and battery recycling, please contact our customer service team on 020 8253 9750.
When you join our network, you can choose to have an open or closed collection point.
As an open collection point, we will add you to our collection point map, helping to advertise your business to new customers.
Many of the wholesalers with an open collection point in our network have experienced an increase in business, especially with customers buying products to replace that which is being recycled.
One off collections
If you have a customer planning a building relamp we provide an ad-hoc collection service. This service is free and is for quantities over 1000 lamps.
Your regular customers
If your customers collect large quantities of waste lamps, to save them the hassle of bringing these back to you, we could set them up as a Recolight collection point. If they collect 1000 lamps every three months the container is free, if less than that, we have a lease option.
Battery and Electrical items
Operating as a not for profit organisation, we can offer a recycling service for other electricals covered by the WEEE Regulations – and batteries too – at a competitive cost.
This service could be passed on to your customers.
We want you to celebrate the success of your collection point and have a collection point logo for you to use to highlight your WEEE compliance credentials.
The logo also demonstrates to new and current customers that you are part of the UK’s largest and most successful WEEE recycling network.
Contact us for print and digital formats of the badge.
Recoweb is the online booking system for all Recolight collection points that are part of our network and signed up for regular collections.
When you sign up to be a Recolight collection point, you will receive a username and password.
If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it on line.
If you’re in England & Wales you can complete consignment notes on Recoweb. You can retrieve these from Recoweb to print.
This is only available in England & Wales as there is a different Pre Notify system for Scotland and Northern Ireland – see our pages for consignment notes.
You can view a history of all your collections too, along with the weight that has been collected at your site for each collection.
Recoweb guides to download and print
Recolight have containers for lamps, batteries, and electrical items
If you collect 1000 lamps every three months, Recolight provide a free container, collection and recycling.
If you collect less than 1000 lamps in three months, you can still benefit from our free collection and recycling by renting a container from us.
The RB19, RC and RPB containers are designed for the storage of waste Gas Discharge Lamps and LEDs included in scope of the WEEE regulations pending collection for recycling.
The RPB can also be used for storage of luminaires or small electrical items.
Have a look at the section on managing your site. Where you’ll find guidance on the correct storage for lamps, luminaires, electricals, and batteries
Must be stored on a non-permeable surface and the lid secured.
PDF guides to download
Skips are provided for
Please note, this is a service for Recolight Producer Members’ obligated waste.
For just lamps, but also suitable for luminaries or small waste electrical items.
The waste must not be mixed and all batteries must be removed and placed in the battery drum.
Please note, the colour of container may vary.
By accepting delivery of the battery container, you hereby acknowledge you have read, understood, and comply with Recolight guidance for handling and storing waste batteries.
As a Recolight collection point there are environmental, health and safety regulations with which you should comply. This is to control the risks associated with the storage and management of hazardous waste.
The Recolight Service Level Agreement (SLA) has been written to make sure that you and Recolight comply with the Duty of Care requirements set out by the UK’s four Environment Agencies, and to keep your service free.
The Recolight service is free, however, you will be charged for:
This can all be easily avoided if you:
Collection point audits
The Recolight service level agreement states that we may carry out inspections and audits of your collection point.
This is for us to confirm that all terms in the SLA are being met and to help with your compliance.
You may also be audited by the Environment Agency.
The WEEE Regulations Duty of Care requires you to cause no harm to the environment from the
of all Waste Electrical and Electronic products.
The Duty of Care applies from the point of production of your waste through to it’s treatment.
As a Recolight Collection Point we help you meet your Duty of Care obligations by offering guidance on:
Additionally, the Recolight Service Level Agreement is designed to help you comply.
Recolight uses Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATF) for the recycling of all WEEE collected. This is a facility which has the appropriate authorisations and approvals to carry out treatment of WEEE, as set out in WEEE Regulation 60. AATFs are able to issue evidence of WEEE treatment and recovery. This evidence is required by Producer Compliance Schemes to show that they have met their obligations under the WEEE Regulations.
To provide you with a free collection and recycling service, we ask you to ensure your waste lamps and luminaires are stored correctly in your containers.
It is a requirement of the Hazardous Waste Regulations that all types of hazardous wastes are stored separately.
We ask that:
By following our storage guidance you can avoid contamination and excessive breakages in your container, and ultimately avoid incurring additional charges.
A risk assessment identifies all hazards that exist on your site and works out how best to control those risks to an acceptable level. It is an important step in protecting both workers and the general public, as well as ensuring compliance. If managed in the correct way, the storage and collection of waste lamps should present a low risk to all who access your site. There is a risk of mercury inhalation when handling and storing waste lamps which is significantly reduced when the lamps remain intact. Following the Recolight storage advice will help to reduce this risk.
You can find more information to help you complete a risk assessment on the Health and Safety Executive website.
Your Recolight RB19 and RC6/8 containers are for storing gas discharge lamps and LEDs only. They must contain no other type of waste.
Xenon lamps cannot be accepted at a Recolight network collection point.
The following guidelines must be followed for storing luminaires:
By accepting delivery of a Recolight battery container, you hereby acknowledge that you have read, understood, and comply with the Recolight guidance for handling and storing waste batteries.
Recolight DO NOT collect the following:
For safety, they must be stored separately from all other battery types.
Why batteries must be handled with great care
Provided batteries have not been exposed to physical or electrical abuse and are treated with appropriate respect, they are usually safe to store and handle. However, batteries do pose several serious risks including fire, explosion, chemical and heat burns, poisoning, serious electric shock and dangers from heavy weight.
If you store or handle batteries it’s important that you take reasonable steps to avoid the risks materialising. The use of batteries in portable equipment is growing quickly and those batteries are often extremely volatile (especially Lithium and Lithium ion types) and have been linked to several fires.
Batteries can short circuit giving rise to fires
Correct storage of batteries will minimise risk of fire
Recolight collection points must comply with the following. This is to minimise risks arising from the storage and handling of batteries.
Containers to be used
Managing your battery container
More information from H&SE
To learn more about the risks associated with batteries please refer to guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive.
WEEE is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the WEEE Regulations were introduced make sure that WEEE is treated properly and not sent to landfill. All fluorescent lighting, LEDs and light fittings are classed as WEEE.
The UK’s four Environment Agencies, one for each UK nation, have reporting procedures in place for tracking, storing and moving WEEE.
Processes and forms for the management of WEEE lighting vary for each UK country.
We have sections for each process for each country to guide you through your requirements to stay compliant, along with links to apply for licences, exemptions and consignment notes.
If you are struggling, please contact us.
You need to register with the agency in the county of your principle business.
Cross border arrangements are in place for Scotland, Wales and England. There are no cross border arrangements for Northern Ireland. Therefore if your business is primarily in Scotland, but you move waste in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, then you only need to register in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Click on the regions below to read more:
The Waste Regulations 2011 introduced a staged and tiered system for registration of waste carriers. This came into force in January 2014.
No Registration required if you carry waste that you have produced on a one off basis. But if you start to do this regularly, you will have to register as a lower tier waste carrier.
Lower Tier Waste Carriers – For waste producers transporting their own waste. There is no charge to register and the registration only has to be done once as it lasts indefinitely.
Upper Tier Waste Carriers – For all who transport waste which they don’t produce i.e. not their own. This applies to all who are not exempt or in lower tier.
The cost is £244 for a new registration and valid for three years. Renewal is £164.
Links to the Environment Agency
For more information on waste carrier licences
please go to the Gov.UK website
You will also find definitions of waste carriers, brokers and dealers here.
In Scotland, you do not need a licence to be a carrier, instead, you must notify SEPA at least three working days in advance and the waste must be moved within one month of the given expected date.
If you carry your own waste (excluding construction and demolition waste) you need to complete a simple registration form and send it to SEPA. There is no charge for this registration which is intended to implement the Waste Framework Directive provisions and is required by The Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011.
If you carry third party waste, e.g. collecting from your customer, you need to register as a waste carrier as required by The Controlled Waste (Registration and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991 (as amended). You must to complete an application form (hard copy only) and send together with payment to SEPA.
The current cost £174 for 3 years, £119 for renewal.
The Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 place a legal requirement on companies or individuals who transport all categories of controlled waste, to apply for registration.
It is a criminal offence to transport waste without being registered with NIEA that carries a maximum fine of £5,000.
Lower Tier Waste Carriers – required from the NIEA for ALL waste producers transporting their own waste, irrespective of the frequency. There is no charge to register and registration is indefinite.
Upper Tier Waste Carriers – For all who transport waste which they don’t produce e.g. collecting from your customer’s site. The cost is £135 (£69 renewal) and is valid for three years.
Storage exemptions enable low risk waste operations to be undertaken without complex permit controls. These are generally limited to small quantities of waste for use, treatment or storage.
All exemptions require your waste to be stored:
Click on the regions below to read more:
A Non Waste Framework Directive (NWFD) exemption allows you to store at any one time:
A NWFD does not require registration
Conditions for a NWFD exemption
If you do not meet the storage requirements above – you must apply for a Section 2 exemption. This allows you to store up to 400m3 of WEEE in a secure container up to six months. There is no charge for an S2 exemption.
Hazardous Waste Premises Code – HWPC
As of 1 April 2016, you no longer need a Hazardous Waste Premises Code for England. On your consignment notes and quarterly returns, simply enter the first 6 characters of your business name. This must be consistent across all forms.
After completing your first consignment note with your 6 character code on Recoweb, it will be automatically stored for you for future reference.
A HWPC is still required for Wales.
If you produce more than 500kg of hazardous waste in a 12 month period you must apply for a hazardous waste premises code with the Environment Agency. This would apply to virtually all our collection points as 500kg equates to two RB19 containers.
Under the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 (as amended), it is an offence to produce hazardous waste or remove such waste from a site, unless the site is registered with the Environment Agency.
A simple exemption notification must be submitted to SEPA, this allows you to store up to 50 m3 of WEEE in a three month period.
The registration is: paragraph 48 exemption – storage of WEEE pending recovery elsewhere.
It is free and not time limited as long as the requirements of the registration are being met.
To store waste WEEE lamps you must apply for an exemption with the NIEA.
WEEE (Waste Management Licensing) Regulations (NI) 2006 provides exemptions from waste management licensing specifically for WEEE.
You have two price options:
Conditions for paragraph 40 and 50 are identical for lamps:
Consignment notes are used by the Environment Agencies in the UK to track the movement of hazardous waste.
They make sure the waste is managed responsibly from where it’s produced through to its final destination.
You must keep copies of consignment notes for three years – this is an environment agency requirement.
There are variations to completing consignment notes across the UK.
Click on the regions below to read more:
In England & Wales a consignment note has three copies, these are for:
Before you drop your lamps at the collection point, you need to complete a consignment note, This is a triplicate form.
You will need to complete parts A,B,C & D as the producer and transporter of the waste and the Collection Point will complete part E.
N.B. For site licence number in part E, if exempt, annotate this field with NWFD exempt.
If you are registered with the Environment Agency as a carrier to transfer waste from another site, you must complete a consignment note. If the site from which you collect produces over 500kg of hazardous waste in a twelve month period you will need their premises code. You can get this from the Public Register
The producers copy should be left at the site you move the waste from. You keep the carriers and consignee copy, which should be fully completed once the waste is accepted onto your site.
As a consignee, you must submit quarterly returns to the Environment Agency to document waste received onto your site.
The cost for a quarterly return is £10.
On this form, the consignment note code should be entered in the format AAANN/QxYYC, where:
AAANN Different for England & Wales – see note below*
Qx the number of the relevant quarter
Q1 – January to March
Q2 – April to June
Q3 – July to September
Q4 – October to December
YY the year, so 16 for 2016
C Country – insert E for England and W for Wales
Enter the first six characters of your company name. This must be consistent for all your consignment notes.
AAANN is your HWPC.
For your quarterly returns you only need to enter one specific code and entry for the whole quarter.
You do not need to do a form for each consignment.
Each consignment note has a unique code; this is £15 and can be bought by ringing your local SEPA office.
You will be sent your consignment note with the code printed on it, these can be bought in advance.
Pre-notification is required more than three working days and less than one1 month before the first load is moved.
This should be sent to consignee’s local SEPA office.
A consignment note has 5 copies with 5 sections labelled A-E which are:
|prenotification||white||SEPA||Send to your local SEPA office|
|deposit||yellow||SEPA||Send to your local SEPA office|
|consignee||pink||licensed facility||Receives the waste for storage, treatment, disposal or recovery at a suitably licensed/permitted / exempt facility.|
|carrier||gold||carrier||Transports the waste between the premises of the consignor and the consignee.|
|Causes the waste to be removed from the place of production – this can also be the producer; the person who’s activities produced the waste.|
When you arrange a collection through Recolight, our carrier will bring the consignment note with them. You sign this consignment note as true and correct, confirming that waste leaving the site matches what is on the consignment note. The green copy will be left with you.
The carrier will send the gold copy to SEPA, and a copy to the producer to confirm that the waste has been treated.
You must notify SEPA at least three working days in advance and the waste must be moved within one month of the given expected date.
To do this, send the completed white copy of the consignment note to your local SEPA office, you can fax this, but will also need to send the original in the post.
The following is a summary to help you complete your consignment notes, a full can be found on the SEPA website.
Visit the Scottish Environment Protection Agency website for more information.
Consignment notes are bought from the NIEA and cost £24. You can apply for these by fax or post, the request must be on your headed paper. You will receive consignment notes with a pre-printed consignment number.
To purchase your codes and download consignment notes
When you collect waste and deliver it to your collection point or receive waste at your collection point you need to provide a Consignee return or a completed consignment note to each producer from which you have received waste within 30 days of the waste acceptance.
This must take the form required in Schedule 8 of the NI Hazardous Waste Regulations.
The consignment note has six copies with five sections, A to E.
Each section is completed by the people involved with each movement of waste. A copy is retained by those listed below.
|Consignee||Pink||The licensed/permitted facility which receives the waste for recycling|
|Carrier||Gold||Carrier of the waste between the consignor/producer to the consignee|
|Consignor||Green||Person that wants the waste to be moved from the premises where it was produced, or is being held|
|Producer||Blue||Any person whose activities produce the waste.
The producer and consignor can be the same person
The Recolight carrier will handle the production of your consignment notes and also pre-notify the NIEA for you.
You must notify the NEIA at least three working days in advance and the waste must be moved within one month of the given expected date.
To do this, complete part A and B, and send the white copy to the NEIA.
When receiving waste at your site you must sign all remaining copies to confirm that you have accepted the waste.
If you need any further help completing consignment notes please contact us
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