Lamp recycling should be free, firms told

Nigel Harvey says the message needs to get out that there is a structured process for taking back end-of-life lighting equipment, and for most firms, it’s cost free.

Changes to the way the UK Government sets waste-handling targets means that most companies and organisations should now be able to access free lamp recycling.

Nigel Harvey, chief of waste lighting compliance scheme Recolight, says the message needs to get out that there is a structured process for taking back end-of-life lighting equipment, and for most firms, it’s cost free.

‘We still come across many end users and facility managers that are being charged to deal with waste,’ says Harvey.

‘Under the WEEE regulations, everyone should be able to access a free service for lamp collection and recycling which is funded by lamp producers.’

Recolight takes responsibility for its membership – which includes lamp manufacturers and importers – ensuring its customers have access to a free lamp collection and recycling service. The aim is to keep as many lamps as possible out of landfill.

Everyone should be able to access a free service for lamp collection and recycling'

Recolight's CEO Nigel Harvey

Since it was established in 2007, Recolight has now recycled over a quarter of a billion million lamps, equivalent to almost one lamp recycled every second. The UK’s light recycling rate has climbed from 19 per cent in 2008 to 44 per cent in 2015. 

‘Over the last five years, we have seen some very material changes in the landscape relating to waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE),’ Harvey told Lux.   ‘At the beginning of 2014, the new WEEE regulations came into force.  These made the UK WEEE system much fairer, and ensured that the charges were reflective of actual treatment costs.  Then, in 2015, dual use was introduced.  This change also made the UK system fairer, ensuring, in the case of lamps, that all lamp producers now pay their share of recycling costs.’

 

 

  • Recolight and other lamp and luminaire waste compliance organisations will be exhibiting at the LuxLive 2016 exhibition in London on Wednesday 23 November and Thursday 24 November. Entry is free is you pre-register here.