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Recolight hails increased lamp recycling

Lamp recycling rates increased sharply last year, a compliance scheme has said.

Recolight pointed to new figures from the Environment Agency, which showed that 39.5% of waste lamps were recycled in 2012.

This was up by 10 percentage points since 2011, and by 16 since the scheme started in 2008. It was also well in excess of the 5% recycling rate achieved by the business WEEE sector as a whole.

The organisation said the increase in recycling rates has been caused in part by a reduction in the tonnage of new lamps put on the market, but without a corresponding reduction in tonnages of lamps recycled, resulting in a higher capture rate.

Recolight was established in 2005 by lamp producers GE, Osram, Havells Sylvania and Phillips, and now has 120 members.

Chief executive Nigel Harvey said: “The lighting industry has set the benchmark for business WEEE recycling. This success is testament to the commitment of all our lamp producer and importer members.”

Recolight this month launched a scheme to redistribute residue phosphor powders extracted from gas discharge lamps to the lighting industry.

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