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Recycling update


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Since its introduction in February 2003, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive has pushed the responsibility for the safe and ethical disposal of electronic equipment onto the manufacturers. In December 2008, a recast of the directive was proposed. This remains ongoing, but new regulations are set to come into force from the beginning of July. With this in mind, we talk to the companies in charge of keeping recycling moving.


Nigel Harvey, CEO of Recolight, believes that the lighting industry is leading the way in industrial recycling. In 2010, lamps accounted for just 2% of the tonnage of electrical equipment placed on the market in the UK, but accounted for over 22% of the WEEE collected, according to Environment Agency figures; “This is a remarkable achievement, but there is still much work to be done to promote the importance of lamp recycling to businesses and consumers. The current Recast of the WEEE Regulations is likely to


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result in higher targets to reach, making it all the more crucial that businesses and consumers have access to affordable and convenient collection and recycling services.” For Harvey, increasing awareness and making recycling as simple as possible is the key to improvement. Since 2007, Recolight have recycled 100 million lamps, saving more than a third of a tonne of mercury from landfill, through a unique business network of over 1,000 collection points and 750 collection points for consumers nationwide.


Another company focused on a simple implementation of the WEEE Directive is Lumicom. They believe that a well-defined, transparent infrastructure makes things a lot easier for users, and they aim to achieve this with features such as online ordering and downloadable delivery notes. Lumicom believe that by providing a service that allows users to deal with a single point of contact for all manufacturers is also the key to making recycling easy. If


manufacturers all belong to the same scheme, this will simplify the paperwork and audit trail. Often, The WEEE Directive can be hard to comprehend in terms of the requirements of individual businesses, but Lumicom take the time to visit companies and explain to them what needs to be done in order to comply.


For an industry that is leading the way in


recycling, its important that lighting rides the momentum it has already created. Both Recolight and Lumicom provide a simple, user-friendly service that makes recycling the intelligent option.


Contact


Recolight T: 0845 601 7749 W: www.recolight.co.uk


Lumicom T: 0845 643 0304 W: www.lumicom.co.uk


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