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Recycling rate for lamps rises

Recycling rates for lamps and luminaires increased in 2017 but fell short of Defra’s target by 10%, according to Environment Agency (EA) figures.

Recolight, the WEEE compliance scheme, said EA data shows that the 2017 lamp recycling rate was 48.5%, up from 47.5% in 2016, while the luminaire rate also increased, from 7.1% to 7.5%. But in both cases the rise was less than reported a year earlier.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight chief executive, said the latest rise in recycling was “modest” but the long-term trend was positive.

”In 2012, the rate was 39.5%, so a rate of 48.5% five years later is pleasing,” he said.

“The tonnage of LED lamps collected still remains low at around 1%. This can be expected to grow in future years, but it will still be more than a decade before LED tonnages are close to the tonnages of fluorescent lamp waste.

“An increasing number of Recolight members now request free waste lamp and luminaire collections during multi-site LED luminaire rollouts.”

Luminaire recycling is lower than that for lamps because many are collected with scrap metal.

The total Defra target for lamp and luminaire collections in 2017 was 6,009 tonnes but only 5,383 tonnes were collected. In 2016, 6,132 tonnes were collected.

  • Graphic provided by Recolight


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