Defra has proposed a lower target for lamp collection in 2017 than last year, in its latest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) consultation.
The proposed overall WEEE collection target for 2017 in the UK is 634,000 tonnes, 52,000 tonnes more than the total amount of household WEEE collected and reported by producer compliance schemes in 2016.
This is below the collection levels necessary for the UK to meet the EU target of 776,000 tonnes for 2017.
Defra expects to make up the shortfall from WEEE arising and treated from other sources, such as large domestic appliances appearing in the light iron waste stream.
But, unlike most other materials, the proposed target for lamps is lower for 2017 than the previous year, falling from 6,882 to 6,009 tonnes.
The target is lower than the total collected last year, 6,132 tonnes, but industry body Recolight welcomed the proposed 2017 goal.
Chief executive Nigel Harvey said: “In most WEEE categories, the target increases each year. However, lamps buck the trend.
”Given the material movement in new product sales towards lamp and luminaire LED technologies, it is not surprising that waste lamp collections are reducing.
“LED lamps currently account for only around 1% of the total waste lamp tonnage. Accordingly, we think the proposed target is broadly correct.”
Repic chief executive Mark Burrows-Smith, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the data for 2016 shows that the UK beat its collection target, and that overall collection levels of household WEEE rose by 11%. The data proves that the system in working well and more WEEE is being captured in the WEEE system.
“While the proposed 2017 collection targets are challenging – 9% increase on what has been collected in 2016 - Repic recognises the need to ensure the UK remains on track to meet future target increases.”
Defra is inviting comments on its proposed targets until 10 March.