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Recolight welcomes new amendments to the Environmental Permitting Regulations

Waste electrical and electronic equipment producer compliance scheme Recolight has welcomed the approval of a new amendment to the Environmental Permitting Regulations which allows collection points to store WEEE for as long as needs be, rather than the current storage limit of three months.

Recolight health, safety and compliance manager Gemma Bristow told MRW that the new amendment will benefit people like retailers and wholesalers who collect small amounts of WEEE rather than waste management sites that collect huge amounts.

Under the revised regulations, the Government has amended Schedule 2 and 3 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations to allow for an unlimited timeframe for storage of WEEE, which includes fluorescent lamps, providing the total quantity stored does not exceed 30 cubic metres.

Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey said: This is a major development for the lighting industry and is greatly welcomed by Recolight which has been lobbying for this change for the past year. The current three month time span imposes unworkable restrictions on our 900 collection points which means they often have to empty containers regardless of the quantity of lamps which have been collected. The amended regulations will help reduce the carbon footprint of collections as bins will now only have to be emptied when they are full. It will also help cut down on unnecessary paperwork for sites.

The Environmental Permitting Regulations are due to come into force on 6 April 2010 and provide an update to Schedule 3 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations regarding the storage of WEEE at collection points. In order to be compliant with the new revised exemptions, the waste must only be stored at a collection point pending recovery or disposal elsewhere and does not cover storage at bulking up sites. Currently sites are only allowed to store WEEE up to 50 cubic metres for three months.

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