Public sector bodies are missing out on savings from free lamp recycling schemes, according to research by lamp recycling compliance scheme Recolight.
Just 0.3% of public bodies used the free services at Recolight’s national network of some 1,300 collection points.
Educational institutions were the least likely to use these, with only 0.1% of schools, colleges and universities being part of the network.
Only 0.2% of hospitals and GP practices took part, though there was greater take-up at Ministry of Defence major sites – at 10% - and local authorities at 11%.
Recolight said if an organisation collects more than 1,000 lamps in six months, it can provide a free container and collect the lamps free of charge once it is full.
Customer service manager Lyndsey Smith said: “Although it is encouraging to see that local authorities are realising the benefits of free lamp recycling, there are clearly many public sector organisations that are unnecessarily paying for their waste lamps to be recycled.”