Recolight spearheads the circular economy for the lighting industry
Recolight now bring together a comprehensive range of services helping the lighting industry to fully embrace the circular economy.
Speaking at a key stakeholder event yesterday, Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey said “The unprecedented heatwave we recently experienced is a salutary reminder of the need for us all to redouble our efforts to tackle the climate emergency. And that has been one of the key drivers for the way Recolight has transformed its business over the last three years. The circular economy is a vital component of the response to the climate crisis.”
“We are now doing more than ever to support a circular economy. That includes product design training workshops to help lighting producers design for circularity, and to navigate the emerging voluntary and mandatory specifications. The Circular Lighting Report news service keeps the industry abreast of the latest developments. A certification service will help manufacturers demonstrate the their level of compliance with the CIBSE TM66 circular lighting standard. And vitally, the new in-person event, Circular Lighting Live which takes place in London on 22 September will provide a unique forum to consider forthcoming standards and legislation, emerging technologies and new business models.”
Harvey continued: “This transformation at Recolight has only been possible because we have built new partnerships. We are delighted to now be working with leading lights from across the industry: Ray Molony, Simon Fisher and Helen Loomes.”
“These new events and services complement the changes Recolight has already implemented to try to reduce the level of luminaire recycling, and increase reuse of old lighting equipment, and of excess lighting equipment stock.”
“At Recolight, we are also doing our best to ‘walk the talk’ on the climate. All our events are hosted at locations that favour travel by public transport. Climate action is one of the criteria in our tenders. And we’ve set an annual internal target for all staff, to reduce the carbon footprint of our lamp collection services by 10% this year.”
“It is particularly important to mention the pivotal role of the Recolight team in this transformation. I am immensely proud of their passion, energy, and commitment. None of this would have happened without them. “
Recolight’s core business is the operation of the lighting industry’s leading WEEE compliance scheme. The scheme provides waste collection and treatment services to the customers of its members, to ensure that all scheme members comply with their recycling obligations. Recolight’s waste lamp collections play a major part in helping the UK to ensure that lamp recycling levels are maximised.
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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 go beyond recycling, by offering circular economy services to facilitate reuse of lighting equipment, and to avoid the unnecessary recycling of surplus new lighting.
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 collection points for all WEEE lighting. As a result, since its founding in 2007, Recolight has funded the recycling of over 333 million lamps, LEDs and luminaires, more than all other UK WEEE schemes put together.