Recolight RB19 lamp container - free collections and free recyclingRecycling lighting

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.

We collect all lighting in scope of the WEEE regulations.

To date Recolight has recycled over 300 million lamps, this is more WEEE lighting than all UK Compliance schemes combined.

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Recycling Electrical & Electronic Waste

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 


Are you a lighting producer?

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

Complete an application form   

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.


More than 1000 lamps in 3 months

  • We can provide you with a container, free of charge, and recycle your lamps free of charge too.
  • You will be added to Recoweb, our collection booking system.
  • If you are a wholesaler, you can choose to have an open collection point for all your customers.
  • Open collection points are added to our collection point map, for new customers to find you too.

Complete an application form


Less than 1000 lamps in 3 months

  • You can lease a Recolight container.
  • Collection and recycling is free.
  • If you are an electrical wholesaler, you could use this option and advertise FREE lamp collections for your existing and potential new customers, We can add your collection point to the Recolight map.

Complete an application form


One off – Adhoc collections

For relamp projects and sites that do not generate regular large quantities of lamps:

  • We provide one off collections for quantities of over 1000 lamps.
  • We provide containers on a short term lease.

Complete an application form


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 for more information.

OR > Complete an application form

Recolight also has an open network for small volumes of luminaires.

Have a look at the Recolight map to find one close to you.


A free service for Recolight Producer Members’ obligated waste. The initial request for collection must come from the Recolight Producer Member.


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  


  • Recolight collection points are located at electrical wholesalers across the UK.
  • Call the contact number listed for the collection point to check they have space for your lamps!
  • Complete a consignment note, without this you may be charged for the Wholesaler to complete on your behalf.
  • Refer to our section The Paperwork for help to complete consignment notes.

Have a look at the Recolight map to find one close to you.

Obligated Waste – As outlined in the WEEE Regulations

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:

  • For lamps – this is the Recolight open network of waste lamp collection points.
  • For luminaires – Recolight has established a network of 80 waste luminaire collection points.

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.

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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.

WEEE collected by Recolight

  • T.V’s, VCR & Camcorders
  • Computer monitors, printers, faxes
  • Light fittings: luminaires, lighting equipment
  • Power tools, garden tools, small lawnmowers
  • Small household appliances
  • IT, telecoms equipment, cables, connectors
  • Electronic games, toys, sports equipment
  • Mobile phones, recording equipment, cameras
  • Monitoring & control instruments, medical devices

Battery Recycling

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:

  • Batteries containing potassium hydroxide,
  • Batteries that require ‘activation’ (eg by adding a liquid before use) to allow them to function.

To sign up for electrical and battery recycling, please contact our customer service team on 020 8253 9750.


Recolight lamp recycling for wholesalers

Free lamp recycling for your customers

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.

Recolight RB19 lamp container - free collections and free recyclingBenefits of advertising your FREE lamp recycling service

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.

  • Showing that you are offering a service that helps local businesses and consumers deal with waste lamps may encourage those businesses to come back to you to buy more lamps. It may also be unique in your local area.
  • Offering additional services and adding customer value are key for businesses looking to identify ways of retaining their customer base whilst attracting new ones.
  • Demonstrating that your business is taking its environmental responsibilities seriously is an important way of attracting new business, and companies that can better help their customers meet their own environmental goals will have an edge over the competition.

Additional services to offer your customers

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.

Complete an application form

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.

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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.

Collection Point logo

Recolight collection point logo

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.

Consignment notes

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.

Collection history

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 

> Logging on

> Reqesting a collection

> Updating a collection

> Cancelling a collection


Recolight have containers for lamps, batteries, and electrical items

Recolight Containers for lamps, batteries, luminaires, 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  small electrical items.

Please note:

  • Batteries and lamps must be removed from luminaires and placed in a separate container.
  • All containers must be free of packaging.
  • Lead time of six to ten working days, so please don’t wait until you can fit no more lamps in.

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

DOWNLOAD > Recolight containers for lamps batteries luminaires and electricals

Recolight RC containers

    • For transporting lamps between sites.
    • For indoor storage only.

 RC container for lamps

Recolight RB19 

Must be stored on a non-permeable surface and the lid secured.

  • Delivered flat packed with instructions for simple assembly.
  • Front drop flap for easier user access to the container and to minimise lamp breakage.
  • Return collar above the base to increase rigidity of the container, ease transport, collection and stacking.
  • Removable tray to ensure encapsulation of the waste and provide secondary bunding.
    • The tray is to be fitted on set up and not removed.
  • Signage on the outside detailing what the container is for and safety information.

RB19 container for waste lampsPDF guides to download

>  Recolight RB19 container assembly instructions

Recolight guidance for correct use of RB19 waste lamp container



Skips are provided for

  • Large LED luminaire roll out projects
  • Street lanterns

Please note, this is a service for Recolight Producer Members’ obligated waste.

The RPB container

For just lamps, but also suitable for 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.

RPB container for lamps

Battery Containers

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.


30l battery drum

Battery box


Helping you stay compliant

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.

Keeping your service free

The Recolight service is free, however, you will be charged for:

  • A failed collection.
  • Less than 200kg of waste lamps.
  • Excess contamination and broken lamps in your container.
  • Lost or stolen container.
  • Excess waiting time.

This can all be easily avoided if you:

  • Tell us of access restrictions to your site and your site opening times – this must be done at the time of booking your collection on Recoweb.
  • Arrange your permits and exemptionsfrom your Environment Agency.
  • Look after your containers and provide safe and secure storage.
  • Only collect lamps included in the WEEE Regulations.
  • Stack your lamps to avoid breakage, and in compliance with health and safety standards.
  • Remove all packaging from lamps; containers are for lamps only, not paper, cartons or other hazardous waste.
  • Book your collection on Recoweb, our collection booking system.
  • An RB19 container holds 250kg, to ensure you have the optimum weight book you collection when your container is 90% full.

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

  • production,
  • storage,
  • transportation,
  • and disposal

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.

Helping you meet your Duty of Care obligations

As a Recolight Collection Point we help you meet your Duty of Care obligations by offering guidance on:

  • MANAGING YOUR SITE – all you need to know about collection and storage of WEEE.
  • THE PAPER WORK –  guidance for completing consignment notes and details of required exemptions and licences for storage and transportation.

Additionally, the Recolight Service Level Agreement is designed to help you comply.

Recolight’s Duty of Care

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.


Storing waste lamps, luminaires and batteries

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:

  • Your containers are stored in an area where they cannot be tampered with, damaged or stolen.
  • Open collection points have a level of supervision in the area of the containers during opening hours.
  • You don’t accept broken lamps at your collection point, to help minimise the risk to your site.
  • If your Recolight container is damaged, please tell us so that we can arrange a replacement.

By following our storage guidance you can avoid contamination and excessive breakages in your container, and ultimately avoid incurring additional charges.

Completing a risk assessment

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.

Storing waste lamps

Your Recolight RB19 and RC6/8 containers are for storing gas discharge lamps and LEDs only. They must contain no other type of waste.

  • To avoid breakage, all waste lamps should be stacked neatly and not thrown into containers.
  • All packaging must be removed.
  • Wherever possible, linear and non linear lamps should be placed in separate containers.
  • Broken and incorrect storage of lamps causes fugitive mercury emissions which could enter your local work environment.
  • Incorrect stacking and breakages will cause problems for our transport company who may be unable to empty the containers in the correct way.
    This will increase the possibility of exposure to mercury emissions.
  • Correct stacking will reduce damage during transport.
  • The container lid should be replaced and secured when not in use and unsupervised.

Correct assembly and use of RB19

DOWNLOAD > RB19 Assembly & loading instructions

DOWNLOAD > Recolight  guidance for correct use of RB19 waste lamp container

Special advice for storing xenon & sodium waste lamps

Xenon lamps cannot be accepted at a Recolight network collection point.

  • Recolight recommend that xenon lamps are stored separately and not mixed with gas discharge or LED lamps at any time.
  • All end of life xenon lamps should be stored and transported in the primary packaging in which they were delivered as new lamps, packed individually in a safe inner packaging.
  • Recolight finances the treatment of its members’ obligated xenon lamps. This must be arranged in advance with the Recolight Customer Services Department.
  • End users will need to make their own arrangements for transporting the end of life lamps this includes:
    • Pre-announcing to the Recolight Customer Services Department all shipments.
    • Following all legal requirements and official guidance for the shipment of hazardous lamps.
    • Delivering to a recycler nominated by Recolight.

DOWNLOAD > Recolight guidance for handling and storing xenon lamps

DOWNLOAD > Recolight guidance for handling and storing waste sodium lamps

Storing waste luminairescorrect stacking of luminaires

The following guidelines must be followed for storing luminaires:

  • Waste lamps and luminaires must be separated.
  • Batteries must be removed from emergency lighting, and placed in your battery container.
  • Your skip or pallet must be collected full and contain only waste luminaires.

 Storing batteries

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.

DOWNLOAD >  Recolight guidance for handling and storing waste batteries.

  • The maximum gross weight of batteries that can be collected by Recolight is 330kg per collection. This weight includes containers and any inert filling used.

Recolight DO NOT collect the following:

  • Batteries containing potassium hydroxide,
  • Batteries that require ‘activation’ (eg by adding a liquid before use) to allow them to function,
  • Damaged batteries
  • Batteries with exposed terminals

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

  • If the batteries are not fully discharged then there is substantial risk of a battery fire from short circuits.
  • A battery fire has the greatest potential when relatively high energy is passed through wires during a short circuit
  • The wires can spontaneously combust when touched together which will then lead to a battery fire.
  • Ruptured or damaged batteries can leak electrolyte which can be hazardous and in some instances a ruptured battery can catch fire (e.g. primary lithium batteries).
  • Lithium batteries tend to be more hazardous than other batteries due to their ability to retain their electrical capacity for long periods and because they contain elemental lithium, any rupturing / short circuits can lead to explosive/high temperature 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

  • UN approved containers – the weight of packed batteries must not exceed the threshold of the container with inert filling.
  • The container must meet the packing group 2 performance level.
  • Non UN approved container – maximum allowed gross weight of batteries is 30kgs per container. This includes the weight of container and any inert filling material.
  • If gross weight is above 30kgs, a UN approved container must be used.
  • Containers must be of a material that does not conduct electricity.

Managing your battery container

  • Wherever possible, metal containers (eg steel drums) should not be used because they conduct electricity and so can give an easy route for a short-circuit to occur. If steel containers are to be used, a robust insulating plastic liner is required in order to ensure that the container walls are kept separate from the batteries stored inside
  • An inert filling of non-conductive, non-combustible material such as sand should be used to fill spaces in battery containers to reduce fire risk
  • Battery containers and lining bags must be kept tightly closed to remove the supply of oxygen from the container and reduce fire risk
  • Batteries must always be protected from rain and any other sources of water. Water presence could corrode batteries casings giving rise to leakage and fire risk and can react with chemicals in batteries giving fire / explosion risk
  • Where the batteries cannot be stored or transported in appropriate UN approved drums, please speak with a member of staff from Recolight who can agree an acceptable and appropriate alternative means of transporting the batteries with minimum risk


caring for waste batteries to prevent short circuitBattery storage

  • Ensure that all live conductors and terminals are effectively insulated or protected.
  • If any of the batteries have trailing wires these should have their ends securely taped up with insulation tape, or otherwise have their live ends protected to ensure that, even during movement, there is no possibility of live terminals being exposed and creating risks from short circuit or electric shock.
  • Ideally cut off trailing wires where they leave the casing in such a way that there is no possibility of the cut ends touching each other, and insulating any exposed terminals.
  • Metal strapping around batteries should only be used with caution and in such a way that the metal could not give rise to a short circuit and resulting potential fire.

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.

  • Tracking WEEE – Consignment notes track the movement of WEEE. They make sure the waste is managed responsibly from where it’s produced through to its destination.
  • Storing WEEE – 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.
  • Moving WEEE – To move waste electricals, contractors need to register as a Waste Carrier with the agency in the county of their principle business.

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.

SEPA Guidance and application form


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.

NIEA Guidance and application form


Storage exemptions

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:

  • In secure containers with weatherproof covering.
  • In such a way that the glass is not broken.

Click on the regions below to read more:


A Non Waste Framework Directive (NWFD) exemption allows you to store at any one time:

  • 30 m3 of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
  • 50 m3 of non-hazardous waste that isn’t WEEE that will be recovered elsewhere.
  • 5 m3 of waste, other than those mentioned above.

A NWFD does not require registration

Conditions for a NWFD exemption

  • If more than one type of waste is stored, the different types must not be mixed.
  • You can only store waste temporarily; generally no longer than three months.
  • You cannot receive payment for collecting waste or collect waste as your main business activity.

refer to the pages for waste exemptions

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.

S2 exemption guidance

Apply for 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.

  • Without the code, our recyclers will not be able to collect your containers, as it must be on all consignment notes for waste leaving your site.
  • The code must be renewed every 12 months and costs £18.
  • You must keep track of this and make sure you keep your code current. If your code expires, you will need to inform us of your new code and expiry date.

Link to Natural Resources Wales for HWPC


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.

SEPA simple Exemption guidance and application


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:

  • Paragraph 50 registration, costing £598 per year
  • Paragraph 40 registration, renewable every three years, costing £825

Conditions for paragraph 40 and 50 are identical for lamps:

  • Maximum quantity 50m3
  • Maximum storage time: three months

NIEA waste guidance and applications


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:

  • Producers – Whoever produced the waste, either your customer or your own company.
  • Carriers – Whoever carried the waste to your site – if this was you should retain the copy, if it was your customer then your customer should retain this copy.
  • Consignee – This should be retained by the company who accepts the waste onto site – usually you, the collection point

Taking waste lamps to a Recolight open collection point

Before you drop your lamps at the collection point, you need to complete a consignment note, This is a triplicate form.

EA consignment note download

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.

Waste leaving your Recolight collection point

  • The Recolight appointed contractor will complete the consignment note on your behalf and bring it 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 top copy will be left with you.
  • When this waste arrives at our Recolight approved contractors site, they will complete part E of the consignment note and a copy will be sent back to you.
  • When received, you must attach this part E to the corresponding consignment note as evidence that the waste has been processed at an approved recycler.

N.B. For site licence number in part E, if exempt, annotate this field with NWFD exempt.

EA for guidance documents and example consignment notes.

Backhauling waste

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.

Receiving waste at your collection point quarterly returns

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.

Gov.UK guide to completing quarterly returns


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.
consignor green consignor
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.

Waste leaving your site

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.

Backhauling waste

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.

Completing your consignment notes

The following is a summary to help you complete your consignment notes, a full can be found on the SEPA website.

  1. Determine classification of the waste
  2. Obtain note from SEPA
  3. Complete section A & B and send pre-notification (white) copy to your local office
  4. Complete section D before the waste leaves the site – confirm the carrier has completed section C
  5. Check that yellow, pink and gold copy travel with the Consignee.
  6. Consignee retains pink and yellow, the gold is returned to the Carrier and kept by them for 3 years
  7. Consignee sends yellow copy to SEPA

SEPA’s full guide to completing consignment notes, including address of your local office.

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

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

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.

Pre notification White NIEA
Deposit Yellow NIEA
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

Waste leaving your site

The Recolight carrier will handle the production of your consignment notes and also pre-notify the NIEA for you.

  1. The carrier must agree with you, the information placed in sections A and B of the consignment note.
  2. The Carrier will complete part C of the form.
  3. You sign part D confirming what is being taken by the carrier is correct.
  4. The carrier will send the green copy to you.
  5. As the producer of the waste – you keep the blue copy.

Backhauling waste

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.

  1. Confirm that all sections of the consignment note are correct.
  2. Take the remaining copies with you when collecting the waste.
  3. Ensure Parts C and D are completed before the waste is collected and the required copies left at site Obtain signature of person accepting the waste, the consignee, in this case, yourself.
  4. Retain the gold and pink copies as the waste carrier and consignee (and the green copy if you are the consignor), send the yellow copy to NIEA.

Receiving waste at your collection point

When receiving waste at your site you must sign all remaining copies to confirm that you have accepted the waste.

  1. The gold copy should remain with the carrier.
  2. You keep the pink copy.
  3. The yellow copy should be sent to the regulator.

If you need any further help completing consignment notes please contact us



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