Bertie Bulb and Lucy LED Raise Awareness of Lamp Recycling at 800th Lord Mayor’s Show
Bertie Bulb and Lucy LED, Recolight’s friendly mascots, were on hand to raise awareness of the importance of recycling lamps at the 800th annual Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 14thNovember, in the City of London.
Dating back to 1215, this year’s parade, within which Bertie and Lucy could be seen on the City of London Corporation’s recycling float, was estimated to be the largest yet. It is hoped that the mascots’ attendance inspired the thousands of onlookers, and millions more who watched from home, to recycle their used lamps.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is the longest-running yearly event of its kind, celebrating the inauguration of the newly elected Lord Mayor of London. Steeped in historical significance, this year’s festivities featured a procession of 7,000 people, 200 horses, and 155 floats. The parade route still follows the original journey of the first Lord Mayor in 1215 from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice and back again. The impressive event has evolved from a political necessity into a public spectacle, celebrating the history of the city and featuring all of the pageantry expected of an official British procession.
Recolight, the UK’s leading lamp recycling specialist, sought to shine a light on the importance of recycling lamps. With its 163 Members, the scheme has been a key contributor to the UK’s achievement of having the second highest lamp recycling rate in Europe for the past two years. The City of London Corporation has also been a great help in this, installing specially designed Recolight containers in 2013 to make lamp recycling easy and accessible.
Recolight is also celebrating an anniversary this year, its tenth, after its establishment by key lighting Producers to take on their WEEE recycling obligations in 2005. Bertie Bulb was introduced as the scheme’s mascot in 2010 and was joined by Lucy LED in 2014.