Industry unites over Government waste consultation

The lighting industry is to respond to a Government consultation on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations which was announced today. 

It covers some key issues for the lighting industry, including a proposal to brings household luminaires under the regs. 

The consultation also presents an opportunity for the industry to address the scale of WEEE non-compliance through online retailers. 

On 2 November the LIA is bringing together the key experts from Defra and the Environmental Agency to discuss and inform the lighting industry on the consultation on the proposed amendments to the 2013 WEEE Regulations 'Open Scope'. Open scope will see a significant impact to the lighting industry, affecting both domestic lighting and business to business producers.

From 1 January 2019 ALL electrical and electronic equipment will have to be reported under the WEEE regulations. Producers will be required to report product placed on the market and fund its collection, including domestic WEEE throughout the UK. It is expected that many producers will see increased compliance costs.

The first section covers the way ‘open scope’ will be implemented. It presents four options, with the Government’s preferred option to use the existing WEEE categories. That approach would mean luminaire producers would avoid the burden of categorising their products by physical size, when reporting the products they sell to their WEEE compliance scheme. Other options would mean producers having to separately record products above and below 50cm in size.

The third section invites companies to comment on how the regulations are working. Of particular relevance to the lighting industry, opinions are sought regarding the scale of WEEE non-compliance that takes place through online retailing platforms. Recolight was instrumental in raising the profile of this issue recently. Their analysis suggests that LED lamps which do not comply with WEEE, sold through some online multi-seller retailers, could represent around 20% of all lamps sold in the UK.

For many in the lighting industry, tackling this issue is a vital step in establishing a level playing field.

Lumicom, LIA's compliance scheme for lighting have estimate upwards of an additional 50,000 tonnes of domestic luminaires will be reported as placed on the market.

The industry's other main compliance scheme Recolight says it too will work with its members and the LIA to submit an industry response. The consultation is in three parts, and will run for six weeks.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of the UK's WEEE system. At Recolight will be canvassing the views of our members over the coming weeks, and working with the LIA, to prepare an industry response. But we would equally appreciate input from other stakeholders

 Nigel Harvey - Recolight CEO

Discussing the consultation, Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey told Lux: ‘This is a great opportunity to contribute to the development of the UK’s WEEE system. At Recolight will be canvassing the views of our members over the coming weeks, and working with the LIA, to prepare an industry response. But we would equally appreciate input from other stakeholders.’

 

  • Nigel Harvey will be presenting the three sections of the consultation at LuxLive on 16 November at 1:30pm in Tech Theatre 2. LuxLive 2017 takes place on Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November 2017 at ExCeL London. Entry to LuxLive 2017 is free if you pre-register HERE.
  • For more information on the LIA's seminar, click HERE

 

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