Recolight welcomes 2015 WEEE recycling data

Recolight, UK’s leading lighting compliance scheme, has welcomed the publication yesterday of the UK’s 2014 national WEEE recycling data

The figures show that in 2014, the lighting WEEE recycling rates changed as follows:

Year               Lamps                        Luminaires

2012                39.5%                          0.59%

2013                52.8%                          1.95%

2014                29.3%                          1.87%

Commenting on the news, Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO explains “The reduction in the lamp recycling rate was expected, given that for the first time, the 2014 data includes LED lamps as well as Gas Discharge Lamps. With very large quantities of LEDs being sold – but very few being returned as WEEE, the inclusion of LEDs in the calculations has inevitably reduced the rate significantly. We are proud that again, Recolight was responsible for over 95% of B2B lamp recycling reported by UK PCSs.”

In addition, Nigel states: “The proportion of waste lamps reported as household rose in quarter four, following the EA decision on dual use WEEE.”

Turning to the luminaire recycling rate, he continues “Recolight launched its luminaire compliance service in 2013, and that has helped to drive up collected tonnages. The tonnage of waste luminaires collected by Recolight and its members doubled from 2013 to 2014. However, overall there was also a big increase in put on market figures, so the recycling rate is largely unchanged. Many luminaires continue to be returned as scrap, and not properly reported and recycled as WEEE. Recolight’s lamp and luminaire co-collection service is certainly helping by making it easier for our members’ customers to recycle lighting WEEE correctly.”

The 2014 data shows that the UK’s average collection and recycling rate, across all sectors, for both household and business WEEE, was 29%.

Note: The recycling rates above were calculated by dividing the WEEE reported by all PCSs, by the EEE placed on the market in the same year, for luminaires (category 5) and lamps (category 13). These calculations do not include non-obligated WEEE. In addition, it can be assumed that many luminaires are processed as scrap metal, which cannot be included in these calculations.

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