Your guide to what’s included in the waste regs

IN 2019, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations gets a radical overhaul. For the first time, household luminaires, switches, dimmers, controllers and other lighting equipment are included.

Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey will explain the changes in the WEEE regulations at  LuxLive 2018.

So companies that sell these products in the UK, termed producers under the law, will need now to comply with the UK’s WEEE regulations and report their UK sales data to the relevant authorities.

Lighting industry WEEE regs compliance organisation Recolight has now published a definitive guide on the changes in the regulations.

Dubbed ‘The definitive guide to WEEE open scope for the lighting industry’ the publication provides authoritative advice covering the new products coming into scope, and how you can comply.

The main changes are:

  • 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.
  • (Producers supplying less than 5 tonnes per year may register directly with the Environment Agency).
  • Although many EU countries will move to six 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.



  • Download your copy of the guide HERE.


  • Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey will explain the changes in the WEEE regulations at 12pm on Wednesday 14 November in the Tech Theatre at LuxLive 2018. The full Recolight team will be available for advice and guidance on its stand K26 at the shwo, which takes place on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018. To view the full programme, and register free for LuxLive, click HERE.