Open scope and the WEEE Regulations

open scope and the WEEE regulations

Recolight publishes a definitive guide on WEEE open scope for the lighting industry

The WEEE Regulations have applied to a range of products since 2007. A specific exclusion meant that household luminaires were also of scope.

From 2019, the Regulations move to an open scope.  The household luminaire exclusion has been removed for 2019, bringing them into scope. Other lighting related products coming into scope include wiring accessories such as switches, dimmers, plugs, and sockets.

Companies that sell these products in the UK, termed Producers, will need to comply with the UK’s WEEE Regulations and report their UK sales data.

To help companies that are impacted, Recolight has published “The definitive guide to WEEE open scope for the lighting industry”.  The guide provides authoritative advice covering the new products coming into scope, and how to comply.

A summary of changes to the scope of WEEE

  • Household luminaires, wiring accessories and other equipment come into scope of the UK’s WEEE Regulations from January 2019.
  • Producers of equipment coming into scope must join a Producer Compliance Scheme, such as Recolight, by 15 November 2018, and start reporting the weight of the product they sell from January 2019.
    (Very small producers supplying less than 5 tonnes per year may register directly with the Environment Agency).
  • Although many EU countries will move to 6 categories in 2019, reporting in the UK will remain with the current 14 categories.
  • Certain lighting products, such as furniture with integral LED lighting, remain out of scope.
  • Recolight will not apply put on market charges for new product coming into scope until 2020.

LINK > Download the Recolight Definitive guide for Lighting

Recolight at LUX Live 2018

Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO, is presenting on the topic of New Lighting Products in Scope of the WEEE Regulations. Join Nigel in the Lighting Tech theatre 14 November at 12:00, and talk to the Recolight team on stand K26.


About Recolight


Recolight is the leading UK WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, taking on responsibility for its members’ WEEE compliance, giving their customers access to the UK’s most comprehensive free lamp collection and recycling service, and helping to ensure that as many lamps as possible are kept out of landfill.

Recolight’s comprehensive offering makes it the preferred WEEE scheme for the lighting industry, setting the standard for the sector. It is the only WEEE compliance scheme in the UK to provide integrated Lamp and Luminaire collection and recycling. It has the biggest UK-wide network of over 3000 collection points. As a result, since its founding in 2007, Recolight has funded the recycling of 300 million lamps, LEDs and luminaires, more than all other UK WEEE schemes put together.


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