Reading first to launch lamp recycling initiative

Reading is to become the first place in the country to implement a unique new community recycling initiative which will see volunteers help to collect low-energy lamps for recycling.

The initiative aims to engage ‘recycling champions’ up and down the UK who will take responsibility for collecting used low-energy light bulbs for recycling in their local area.

These ‘champions’ will be responsible for collecting the used lamps in specially designed collection containers which can be placed in community locations of their choice. The waste lamps will then be taken to a central collection facility by the volunteers, ready for collection and responsible recycling.

The initiative has been created through a partnership between Recolight, the specialist WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, and CoBRA (Community Bulb Recycling Alliance).

Reading Borough Council has taken the initiative and stepped forward to be the first local authority to implement the scheme. The Council is now urging potential volunteers who would be willing to give up some of their time and perform the role of ‘recycling champions’ to similarly come forward.

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