Government’s lamp recycling target reaches peak

A WEEE recycling plant. The government has just announced a new lamp collection target.
We have probably now reached ‘Peak lamp WEEE’ says Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have proposed a 2017 lamp collection target of 6009 tonnes.

‘We have probably now reached ‘Peak lamp WEEE’. Tonnages collected are likely to decline in future years as the shift from fluorescent to LED luminaires accelerates. This will probably only reverse when LED lamps reach end of life in larger numbers,’  Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey said after the government announcment. 

Settling on a  WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) collection target is often a matter of consultation before the government settles on a final number at the end of March.  Once they are set, each WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme receives a share of the target, based on the market share of its members in the prior year.

The proposed 2017 target is 13 percent lower than the 2016 target of 6882 tonnes, and two percent lower than the actual tonnage collected.

‘In most WEEE categories, the target increases each year.  However, lamps buck the trend.  Given the material movement in new product sales towards lamp and luminaire LED technologies, it is not surprising that waste lamp collections are reducing. 

LED lamps currently only account for around one percent of the total waste lamp tonnage.  Accordingly, we think the proposed target is broadly correct,’ Recolight Chief Executive Nigel Harvey commented.