Light bulb compliance body Recolight has partnered with the Community Battery Recycling Alliance (CoBRA) in an effort to increase collection rates for low energy light bulbs.
Announced yesterday (8 July) the partnership will use CoBRA’s award winning community battery recycling model to increase the level of compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) collection and recycling nationwide.
The model allows local people to monitor and empty a public collection bin, before taking the waste to a central collection facility on behalf of their area, and has already seen 36 tonnes of batteries collected across 58 locations since its inception in 2007.
When the partnership launches in September, activists will receive Recolight’s new ‘bulb store mini’ indoor collection container, which uses a three chute system to collect CFL bulbs without breakage. The individual will be responsible for citing the container in a public place, and periodically emptying it of CFLs.
Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey explained that the partnership will “put this container in the hands of a ‘volunteer army’ of individuals who are committed to recycling, who will put this container in all kinds of collection areas – from post offices to their local shops – by taking the collection idea and making it much more accessible to more people”.
CoBRA managing director Mark David Hatwood explained that the partnership occurred thanks to a recent MRW interview with Nigel Harvey.
Hatwood said: “I read this article in MRW with this big picture of Nigel on the front, saying ‘we’ve got a big job to do in the future and I don’t know how I’m going to do it.’ So I sent an e-mail saying ‘I think I might have an idea for you’. That was about 8-10 weeks ago and the rest is history, now we’re trying to roll it out throughout the UK.”