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Surrey County Council hails new lamp site

Surrey County Council (SCC) has hailed a new lamp processing plant as another step towards a sustainable future for waste management in the area.

Enlightened Lamp Recycling (ELR) has equipment installed at its Redhill plant capable of processing up to 3,000 lamps an hour or 10 to 15 million annually.

Based just 20 miles outside London, it is aiming to tap into the huge potential for recycling waste from businesses in and around the city.

The company is already talking with a number of local authorities and contractors and will take units from offices and buildings undergoing re-lamping as well as supermarkets, car parks, stadia, schools, colleges and street lights.

A SCC spokesman said: SCC is delighted to have assisted ELR with the establishment of a local lamp reprocessing service. This is another step towards a sustainable future for waste management in the area and compliments the work were doing with household waste too.

With the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive scheduled for implementation in July, such an operation is invaluable for the wealth of service-based organisations located in the south east. To have such an innovative processing facility in Surrey is very encouraging, and we will certainly be only too pleased to promote its facilities and services.

Currently, only around 20% of lamp waste is collected in this country, which shows the enormous amount of work left to do in recycling this stream.

ELR managing director Doug Jobling said: The total number of lamps sold annually in this country is between 100 and 130 million, which shows the size of the market place. With a capacity of 15 million, we are aiming to secure around 10%.

The company started processing high intensity discharge lamps last November and also distils the resulting mercury on site.

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