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RECYCLE FOR YOUR LIFE


We look at the new WEEE Directive and how it effects the lighting industry.


Waste Electric and Electronic


Equipment (WEEE) Regulations came in to practise just over six years ago. This new directive meant that lighting manufacturers and distributors now had a responsibility to manage the recycling of their lighting products. LEDs, Gas Discharge Lamps – including compact florescent lamps and florescent tubes all must be recycled with the responsibility lying with the producer or distributor. All these lamps must be recycled as they contain small amounts of mercury and if significant quantities end up in land fill this will potentially damage the environment. Next year revised regulations relating to the WEEE directive will be rolled out and these are expected to contain much higher targets for WEEE collections. 45 per cent of the average of the three previous years product put on the market by 2016, and then increasing to 65 per cent by 2019. With the annual recycling rate for lamps in 2012 at 39.5 per cent, the target of 45 per


cent by 2016 would appear realistic, but 65 per cent more challenging. It is also proposed that LEDs be included in the same WEEE category as GLDs (Gas Discharge Lamps) as this is already the case in many EU countries. Not only would this make the new targets more achievable but it would also avoid GLDs becoming an unfunded waste stream as the industry moves towards LED and the number of GLD put on the market declines.


“By this time next year the new Regulations will be in place, impacting the whole of the lighting supply chain. Recolight offers free lamp recycling for businesses, funded by its lamp producer members. Organisations can sign up to join Recolight’s network of approximately over 1,400 business collection points to receive a container free of charge if collecting large quantities, or lease a container for smaller quantities.” comments Nigel Harvey, CEO of Recolight.


“As a Recolight member we know that not only are we meeting our obligations under the WEEE Regulations but we are also part of a scheme which is actively trying to increase awareness and raise recycling rates - so it demonstrates to our customers that we are taking our environmental responsibilities seriously.”


Clive Riddell - Venture Lighting


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