Lighting Industry

How to deal with waste lamps during the lockdown

Stacks of used fluorescent lamps in a container
The Environment Agency – the government’s overseer of the implementation of the WEEE regulations in the UK – has published its special guidance for those sites where levels of waste lamps and luminaires may exceed their permits during the current lockdown period.Credit: Ray Molony

THE GOVERNMENT has set out its advice to lighting professionals, electrical contractors, manufacturers and others struggling to deal with waste lamps and luminaires during the covid-19 lockdown.

It says organisations providing essential services during the crisis can continue to operate, although in a difficult environment, whilst applying appropriate social distancing requirements.  

It states that ‘such organisations can be expected to continue producing waste lamps and luminaires’. 

But under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations, these end-of-life lamps and luminaires must be returned for recycling and safe disposal by authorised professional companies. 

So this week the Environment Agency – the government’s overseer of the implementation of the WEEE regulations in the UK – published its special guidance for those sites where levels of waste may exceed their permits during the current lockdown period.

It represents a major relaxing of the rules. The EA says that from 6 April, the where a collection point operates a permitted site, that site may temporarily store more waste than the permit allows, but only for wastes covered by the permit.  

Recolight collection points that do not operate under an S2 exemption will benefit from this change.

However, this may result in some waste containers reaching capacity. In such situations, Recolight – one of the leading compliance organisations for waste electrical and electronic equipment – has announced help with storage of the additional waste.

It says it can supply an additional container to allow the safe storage of additional waste.

Recolight’s standard network of collection points – at electrical wholesalers, national supermarkets and independent retailers across the UK – is temporally closed.

The Recolight team of WEEE experts are available to offer specialist waste storage advice and can be contacted by email via [email protected]