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Combined luminaire and lamp compliance service to launch

A combined compliance service for both lamps and luminaires is due to be launched in response to the Government’s amendment of the UK’s WEEE regulations.

Recolight, the UK’s lighting industry compliance scheme, is expanding its compliance scheme to increase the national collection rate of luminaires, which are complete lighting units consisting of one or more bulbs.

Draft UK WEEE Regulations place luminaires with an integrated LED light source in the same category as lamps. This will come into force on 1 January 2014.

A Recolight statement said that as lamp and luminaire technologies are converging, more luminaires are incorporating integrated LED light sources and that increased the need for a more integrated approach to collections.

Recolight will launch the integrated compliance service this week.

Nigel Harvey, chief executive officer of Recolight said: “We will put in place strategies to increase the national recycling rate of separately collected luminaires from its current level of 1%, which is far too low.”

He added: “The integration of lamp and luminaire collections is becoming vital.  The supply of new LED luminaires will very frequently result in the need to collect waste luminaires and waste lamps. That service can give our members an important competitive advantage.”

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