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Lamp industry made unequal by WEEE Regulations

The lamp industry has been made unequal because electrical wholesalers have been given exemption from waste licences under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, said a Hampshire-based lamp recycling company. Under WEEE three new exemptions from Waste Management Licensing were created. One of these covered the storage of WEEE prior to recovery. The Lamp Recycling Company director Norman Kemp said: The Waste Management Licensing system is changing to a permit scheme, doubtless those of us with Waste Management Licences will have to pay again for the privilege. While those given free exemptions have no extra costs and take away our customers, it is not a level playing field. In addition many waste producers and electrical wholesalers think the only regulation is the WEEE Directive, not being aware of the Hazardous Waste Regulations, which if not adhered to could bring significant fines. In response to Kemps claims, Environment Agency policy advisor Adrian Harding said that the exemption of storage of WEEE prior to recovery was available to any business, subject to them operating within the requirements of the exemption. He added: Fluorescent lamps are classified as hazardous waste and are therefore covered by the Hazardous Waste Regulations this has been the case since July 2005. Business end-users of lamps can make use of take-back or drop off arrangements put in place by producers of lamps and send them to be treated.

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