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Membership boost as Recolight celebrates birthday

Recolight, the WEEE compliance scheme for lighting, has marked its 10th anniversary with the largest annual growth in members since 2007.

Founded in September 2005 by GE Lighting, Havells Sylvania, Osram and Philips Lighting, Recolight was established to take on the recycling obligations of lighting producers, following the implementation of the WEEE Directive.

Current membership is 162, a rise of 24 in the current year.

Chief executive Nigel Harvey noted: “The past 10 years have seen a number of positive developments in the UK. There has been a focus on making the WEEE system fairer and more sustainable. Recolight’s success is a testament to the impact of these positive developments.

“The support of our producer members has enabled us to recycle more lamps, LEDs and luminaires than all other UK WEEE compliance schemes combined, since the WEEE regulations took effect.”

To date, Recolight has recycled more than 34,000 tonnes of LEDs and luminaires.

Harvey said the membership had been influential in responding to consultations to help shape Government policy.

Recent Recolight milestones

  • 2011: The WEEE Directive was recast, finalised and published in December, specifically including LEDs
  • 2012: Lobbied for a new, fairer WEEE system
  • 2013: Supported the targets and compliance fee option for a new WEEE system, which was then chosen by the Government  
  • 2014: The introduction of ‘dual use’ with the Government confirming the implementation from January 2015
  • 2015: One of four founder members of EucoLight, the European WEEE lighting compliance scheme trade association. EucoLight now has 16 members and Recolight is on the management board

Recolight 10th anniversary

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