Recolight is the UK’s leading WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry.
We take on responsibility for our Members’ compliance; giving their customers’ access to the UK’s most comprehensive free GDL, LED, luminaire, and street lantern recycling service.
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.
Recolight is more that just a WEEE Compliance Scheme. We act as an enabler and influencer; challenging and supporting the Lighting Industry to be more sustainable.
Don’t just take our word for it, read what our members have to say.
Zumtobel Group and it’s lighting brands Thorn and Zumtobel confidently leave Recolight to make all of the necessary waste collection arrangements that our customers ask of us. We do so with the knowledge that Recolight will act as an extension of Zumtobel Group and work with the same high ethical principles in mind as we do. Head of Marketing, Zumtobel Group
We trust Recolight to continue with their innovative approach to the marketplace and succeed in reducing costs and protecting the benefits for all members. Being part of the scheme is a quality mark for good recycling and, as one of Recolight’s first Members; we’ve seen a reduction in our recycling costs and an increase in ease and efficiency.
Recolight continue to offer our company a great service, with all staff we deal with being professional, helpful and friendly. This has allowed us to develop a great working relationship and I look forward to it carrying on in the future.
Through circular design, reuse and recycling, upgradability and operational energy management, Signify seeks to ensure the lowest environmental footprint for our customers. Working with Recolight helps us deliver on this commitment by providing our customers with a comprehensive recycling service.
As a Recolight Member we know that not only are we meeting our obligations under the WEEE Regulations but we are also part of a scheme which is actively trying to increase awareness and raise recycling rates - so it demonstrates to our customers that we are taking our environmental responsibilities seriously
As the world gets greener, we at Ledvance believe now more than ever that our Recolight partnership is the only way to ensure that we lead the way as a lighting supplier in an environmentally sustainable manner, not only to conform with legislation but mainly due to our responsibility to all living things on this planet of ours. WEEE allows this to happen and Recolight has proven over many years that they best suited to this outcome.
Recolight's dedicated lamp-focused service is completely in line with our needs, so we can meet compliance requirements for both business and residential customers, which is really important for us.
As the Authorized Cree Distributor for the UK, compliance with all relevant legislation is very important to us. That is why we are pleased to be a Recolight Member – we know that they give us WEEE compliance that is backed by a nationwide waste collection infrastructure. The fact that they have recycled more lighting equipment than all other UK schemes combined is tangible proof of their success.
Recolight’s efficient waste street lighting collection service means ASD Lighting can satisfy our customers recycling needs with the minimum of fuss. We can confidently leave Recolight to manage our customers projects on our behalf, leaving us free to get on with running our business.
At Tungsram we are committed to lighting the environment in the greenest way possible. This is why the Recolight membership is of critical importance to us. They not only meet, but exceed our obligations to recycling lighting equipment and are true advocates in the WEEE legislation. We are proud to be associated with Recolight as they are action-oriented. They are prepared to fight for what is right and this is demonstrated from customer service right up to the CEO.
At Sylvania Lighting we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible solutions – and that includes a comprehensive recycling service. That’s why our membership of the Recolight scheme is important to us. The Recolight network has over 3,000 collection points covering the whole of the UK. That means our customers, wherever they are, can all access a complete recycling service.
Find out more about the evolution of WEEE regulations since they were first introduced to the UK.
Links to government department pages and Associations of benefit to the Lighting Industry, key lighting news sites and documents downloads for Recolight and Environment Agency.
Recolight is a producer compliance scheme specialising in the recycling of all WEEE lighting in accordance with the WEEE Regulations.
Recolight was established in 2005 by the UK lamp producers who account for a significant share of the UK market.
Its members are producers and importers of EEE who put new lamps on the market for the first time in the UK, and are therefore obliged to comply with the WEEE Regulations.
Recolight offers specialist recycling services for all WEEE lighting, advice and support to help all parties in the supply chain recycle their lamps as simply and efficiently as possible
Recolight is unique in the WEEE lamp industry, in undertaking recycling in excess of its legal obligations. This reflects the organisations, and its members’ genuine commitment to maximising the recycling of lamps.
As a not for profit organisation, all funds are used to promote and maximise recycling, and not used to pay dividends to stake holders.
Scheme approval number issued by the Environment Agency is WEE/MP3838PR/SCH.
Recolight takes on the legal responsibility of its producer members to comply with the WEEE Regulations through a binding agreement.
Recolight is a not-for-profit company and passes on, to its members, the costs and financing it incurs each year in carrying out the various tasks of its business plan on behalf of the members.
Our cost recovery method is to calculate a flat charge per lamp type which is then applied equally to all members.
This ensures the process is equitable to all and kept simple and cost effective.
“Producers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are responsible for financing and ensuring the disposal of end-of-life products in an environmentally sound way arising from both household and non-household users.”
If you put a product in scope of the WEEE regulations onto the UK market by any of the following:
You must join a compliance scheme which will meet your WEEE responsibility for you by financing the safe disposal of all products at end-of life.
Recolight, who will manage this responsibility on your behalf.
It is your obligation as a producer to:
A full list of your responsibilities can be found on the Environment Agency website.
All schemes must report data in a standard format to the enforcement agencies and we have designed our own formats in the same way as a matter of efficiency.
To demonstrate to the enforcement agencies that our data is correct we audit our members. This is done on a random basis and no more onerous than necessary to achieve the objective.
Each month you are required to advise Recolight of your placed on market units and their aggregated weight. An accurate declaration must be made between the first and fifteenth day of each month, following the month end.
Environment Agency rules for declaring are:
An annual confirmation is a confirmation of the information your company has supplied to us throughout the previous year, summarised on a single page document.
You carry out this process after the 16 January each year and have up until the 15 February to complete. It takes just a few minutes.
This is an EA requirement.
Annual Declaration of Compliance
The annual declaration process starts around the first week of September each year, and you have until 16 November to complete. All members are emailed a document with questions; this must be printed, answered, signed by a director or senior manager and then scanned or posted to Recolight.
The WEEE Regulations affect everybody in one way or another but the primary groups affected are:
A producer is the party which first puts Electrical or Electronic Equipment (EEE) onto the UK market, whether they are manufacturers of EEE, private brand distributors or importers. The primary responsibility is to finance the environmentally sound disposal of their products at end-of-life.
A producer is any person who:
Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) as listed in Schedule 2 of the UK WEEE Regulations are responsible for financing and ensuring the disposal of end-of-life products in an environmentally sound way arising from both household and non-household users. There are some exemptions and limits to this that can be found in the detail in the Regulations. For Example: non-Household WEEE where there is no like-for-like replacement.
Producers must join a Compliance scheme (or provide their own Environment Agency approved scheme) which will meet this responsibility by:
Full details may be found in the BIS Guidelines.
LEDs and OLEDs were by the Environment Agency as “in scope” for the WEEE regulations in May 2009.
As a result, companies importing or producing LED and OLED lamps need to comply with the WEEE regulations now. Recolight membership ensures that LED, OLED and LED luminaire producers are compliant with the law, and that they can also offer free recycling to their customers.
Household luminaires come into scope of the WEEE Regulations in 2019.