RECOLIGHT, the industry’s leading Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment compliance scheme, has recycled a third of a billion lamps, it has announced.
The organisation has funded the recycling of the fluorescent and LED light sources and luminaires since the WEEE regulations were implemented in 2007.
It’s enough waste to fill the Royal Albert Hall 12 times over, says Recolight.
‘This milestone has been made possible with the commitment and support of Recolight lighting producers members, together with collection and recycling partners,’ it said in a statement.
Operating as a not for profit compliance scheme, Recolight’s funds are used to finance a free lamp collection and recycling service for all business end users.
A free luminaire recycling service is also provided for Recolight’s producer members.
This way of operating goes above and beyond the strict legal requirements of the WEEE regulations.
Nigel Harvey, chief executive of Recolight said: ‘Our Members and collection partners can be very proud that they have achieved this milestone.
‘Their role is integral in making sure we meet the Recolight recycling targets and it is a testament to their dedication to improve lighting recycling in the UK.’
Recolight says it’s proud that throughout lockdown, the organisation maintained its service for the lighting producer members of our WEEE scheme, and for our collection partners.
‘We are proud to say that our waste lamp collection service continued almost uninterrupted – although clearly the number of collection requests we received dropped significantly.
‘That is particularly pleasing because it materially reduced the risk of any waste lamps being sent to landfill during lockdown’.
Recolight provides integrated lamp and luminaire collection and recycling.