FIND YOUR NEAREST RECYCLING POINT
You can recycle your low energy light bulbs at locations across the UK, find the one closest to you
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are low energy light bulbs. They use up to 80% less energy than old fashioned bulbs, but to do this, they need a small amount of mercury which is why they can’t be thrown away in your bin.
The typical amount of mercury in a florescent lamp is between 1.2 to 4mg, and in a domestic compact florescent lamp (CFL) this equates to the tip of a ballpoint pen.
The mercury in one CFL is not enough to pose a health risk but they do need to be disposed of responsibly to reduce the risk of large quantities of mercury ending up in landfill. In Europe the collection and recycling of GDLs is compulsory under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
Compact LED bulbs are the same form factor as CFLs, this means you can change to LEDs without having to change your light fittings. LEDs are
also in scope of the WEEE regulations and and can be recycled too.
If we all recycle we can protect our environment, and the mercury, glass and metal can be reused.
Until recently, if you wanted to recycle your old low-energy light bulbs the only option was to take them to your local council waste recycling centre. There are about 1,100 of these around the country where you can take your old light bulbs along with other items of WEEE.
You will find the Recolight Bulbstore Maxi outdoors at your
local council bring site and recycling areas of retail car parks.
At Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) head to
the Electronic Waste area where you will find containers
labelled for recycling your low energy light bulbs.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (S.I. 2006:3289) and the WEEE (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 3454) stem from an EU Directive of the same name and that Directive has now been rolled out across all EU countries. It came into full legal effect in the UK in July 2007
The WEEE Regulations ensure electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is recycled in a sustainable way when it reaches end of life. The legislation is in place to reduce the impact electrical waste has on the environment by encouraging its reuse or recycling, and obliges manufacturers to fund the collection and recycling of their products when they reach end of life.
The regulations require all producers to join a compliance scheme which manages the process on their behalf, and schemes such as Recolight – which works on behalf of the lighting industry – provide these services free of charge to the end user. Under the Regulations the producer funds the collection, recycling and any environmentally friendly disposal. But it is the end user that has ultimate responsibility for making sure the product is recycled when it reaches end of life.
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 managing and paying for the recycling and recovery of their share of this WEEE and report on what they have done to the appropriate Government authority. Full details may be found in the BIS Guidelines.
Most of these lamp types are used in both household and non-household applications. All gas discharge lamps are identified under the Hazardous Waste Regulations as hazardous waste.
A Luminaire is a complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp or lamps and also the parts which help to position, protect or connect the lamps.
Our Luminaire collection and recycling service is provided for our members obligated waste.
are not in scope of the WEEE regulations, and not collected by Recolight.
The Environment Agency for England and Wales,
are responsible for ensuring that all eligible producers and suppliers register with a compliance scheme.
The compliance scheme is then responsible for the producers’ obligations and for getting data from its members on EEE put onto the market and for reporting on WEEE collected and recycled.
In order for us to demonstrate to the enforcement agencies that our data is correct we audit all our members. This is on a random basis and no more onerous than necessary to achieve the objective.
Already a Recolight Collection Point