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“Particularly valuable in the evolution of compliance schemes has been the feedback from users. This makes it clear that a well- defined infrastructure that is easy to work with is very important, as ultimately this will save time and minimise hassle.”

of any replacement equipment is responsible, whereas future waste is the responsibility of the producer discarding the waste.

The next step is to separate the old fittings into different waste streams, as the lamps and any batteries from emergency lighting need to be disposed of differently. Discharge lamps are classified as hazardous waste because of their mercury content, and need to be stored on site in compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) regulations. A paper trail needs to be provided for any legislative compliance to prove that appropriate procedures have been followed. “Taking tighter control of waste is clearly a very important issue that makes a positive contribution to reduced environmental impact and carbon footprint,” explains Magog. “Putting it into practice effectively is largely a matter of good forward planning, understanding the waste that will have to be dealt with and teaming up with most appropriate compliance scheme.” Over the next few years, the lighting industry will be witnessing a number of changes to the WEEE regulations, so it is important to ensure that all changes are understood. “Most notably, the UK along with other EU member states, will be expected to achieve much higher collection targets,” explains Nigel Harvey, Chief Executive of Recolight. This is one of the key changes being brought in as a result of the recast of the WEEE Directive by the EU, which will probably be coming into force in the UK from early 2014. The directive will also eventually be including household


luminaires, which are currently out of scope. In 2018 these will also need to comply. “Currently the UK comfortably exceeds the existing annual collection target of 4kg of WEEE per head of the population,” states Harvey. “From 2016, the target rises to 45% of the average tonnage of electrical equipment put on the market over the previous three years. In 2019, it moves up to 65%.”

With such a number of changes planned for the directive, it is essential that all companies in the lighting industry, from Producers to electrical contractors and wholesalers, are compliant with WEEE Regulations. Recolight, one of the leading specialist recycling schemes for lamps, provides free of charge recycling services to help businesses to be compliant and dispose of their waste lamps. “Businesses have a range of convenient options available to them, from joining Recolight’s dedicated collection point network for larger quantities to dropping off smaller quantities of waste lamps at one of Recolight’s “open” collection points. Recolight provide free containers, and will collect and recycle the contents free of charge.” concludes Harvey. The process of following WEEE

regulations is one that companies need to remain on top of to ensure compliance. Companies such as Recolight and Lumicom offer valuable advice and services to help make life as easy as possible.


Lumicom T: +44 (0)845 643 0304

Recolight T: +44 (0)845 601 7749

If you’ve not yet seen it, be sure to head to the A1 Lighting website to check out Recolight’s great new recycling video!


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