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Community lamp recycling initiative predicts “bright future”

A community lamp recycling scheme is predicting a “bright future” following its launch in early September, the company’s managing director has claimed.

The Community Bulb Recycling Alliance (CoBRA) was formally launched with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance scheme Recolight on 1 September.

The scheme allows community champions to establish public collection boxes, known as ‘bulbstore minis’, for waste Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) in the local area. The champions then take responsibility for emptying and sending the bulbstore contents to a recycling facility.

CoBRA managing director Mark David Hatwood told MRW: “Eight councils are already pretty much committed in name, and 13 others are very interested in the scheme.

“The bulbstore minis have been in production until now, but they’re ready to roll out, they’re going out the door this week. We’ve had a fantastic response and we keep getting invited to conferences from councils.  The future’s so bright I’ve got to wear shades.”

Most recently, Reading council become the first local authority to implement the CoBRA scheme and has already seen a handful of residents offering themselves as “champions”.

Hatwood said: “In 30 days we’ve got all [these local authorities] on board, we’ve got to this saturation, with the backing of Lord Henley. It’s fantastic that there’s so much support.”

Waste and recycling minister Lord Henley said of the scheme: “This initiative will enable people to take responsibility for light bulb recycling in their community and make the facilities much more widely available for householders to do so.”

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