LED and OLED importers to comply with WEEE Regs

Recolight is calling on LED and OLED importers and manufacturers to check if they meet their obligations under the WEEE Regulations.

The WEEE Directive is currently undergoing a review and LEDs will be specifically named in the scope of the recast Directive which is due to be finalised in 2010/11. In the meantime the Environment Agency has already classed LEDs as in-scope for the WEEE Regulations, so companies importing or producing LED and OLED lamps need to comply with the WEEE Regulations now.

Under the WEEE Regulations a producer, importer or anyone who puts new lamps on the UK market for the first time must take responsibility for their products when they reach end-of-life. This includes companies importing from other EU member states, or those who simply re-brand a product.

Recolight’s membership development manager, Frank Craven, explains: ‘For many UK companies who only import a small quantity of LEDs, complying with the WEEE Regulations may seem like an unnecessary burden. However, good compliance schemes can work with you to ensure this isn’t the case by making compliance as simple as possible.

‘Complying with the Regulations covers the cost of future recycling and setting up the necessary infrastructure to make recycling as simple as possible. In the lighting industry in particular, where the life of a lamp may be over five years or more and its ownership may change several times during that period, this means that the end-user or contractor will not be left paying to recycle, which in turn should encourage greater recycling rates.’

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