Big WEEE changes are on their way

The announcement from Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for DEFRA, that the government would be investigating options to reduce WEEE costs for Producers is very welcome.  The problem she wants to tackle arises from the way the "Household obligation system" operates: The household obligation system...

LEDs and the WEEE regulations

The growth in the LED market LEDs have become big business in the last few years. Whilst not used extensively for domestic buildings, the growth in the number of LEDs being used in commercial and outdoor settings has been extraordinarily fast and they are now becoming...

WEEE lamp recycling

Recycling GDLs

Electrical contractors' attitudes to recycling In a survey conducted in 2010, Recolight found that recycling is something that electrical contractors take very seriously, with two-thirds (64%) saying that the safe disposal and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment is "totally embedded" within the culture of...

Recolight welcomes final text of the recast WEEE directive

A final version of the text of the WEEE directive was agreed at a meeting of the Council, Parliament and Commission on 20th December. Recolight has welcomed the text which includes a number of compromise positions. BIS have indicated that the new directive should enter...

Bertie goes on tour

As of the 8th of August I'm getting my 15 minutes of fame! Well in fact it's 6 days of touring the UK, as I undertake the official Bertie Bulb Tour of Britain. I will be visiting two councils and 12 Homebase stores across the country...

Recasting the WEEE Directive

The process of "recasting" the WEEE Directive is now well into its second reading. There are three distinct groups involved in the process - the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers (composed of representatives of all the Member States) and the European Commission. There are...

Recolight’s response to Government’s waste review

The Government's long anticipated waste review is now out, and, as the first responses appear online, we thought we would add our thoughts into the melting pot. It is really encouraging to see that the UK's domestic recycling rate is up to 40%. We've still got...

9 out of 10 collection points would recommend Recolight

One of Recolight's unique features, and a reason we are able to make collecting waste lamps easy and efficient for businesses, is that we have a dedicated network of over 1,000 collection points across the country. Ensuring that we provide the best possible service to...

An update on the changes to the WEEE Directive

I have been paying close attention to the twists and turns in the recast of the WEEE Directive with particular interest. Over two years ago, the first proposals to recast the WEEE Directive were made. A firm commitment to the changes put forward has still...

Lighting specifiers

Lighting Specifiers – do your bit for recycling

It’s easy to think that responsibility for recycling lies with the end-user, but actually everyone in the lighting industry can contribute to ensuring that recycling levels are maximised – including lighting specifiers. All it takes is a single additional line in a specification – a...

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