A survey showing uncertainty among consumers about the difference between different lamp types is being used to back calls for all such waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) being collected in the same container.
EucoLight, the European Association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes, carried out the survey in Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Romania.
Regardless of country, respondents were not sure how to distinguish between energy-saving, LED, incandescent and halogen lamps when shown images of the different equipment (result graphics below).
Energy-saving lamps: 27% to 42% of respondents identified them correctly while 18%-35% confused them with LED bulbs.
LED lamps: 14% to 23% of respondents classified them correctly, whereas 31% to 45% thought they were energy-saving light bulbs.
Nigel Harvey, chief executive of Recolight and a director of Eucolight, said: “These findings mirror the situation in the UK. Most consumers have difficulty in differentiating lamp types. That is why it is logical for all waste lamps to be collected in the same container.”
EucoLight says such collections would avoid the risk of consumer confusion between lamps leading to a decrease in recycling efficiency, and a possible decline in the recycling rate.
LEDs and other lamps may be recorded within the same category or subcategory under the WEEE Directive.
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