Recolight, the UK’s WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, has been named a finalist at the Green Economy Awards 2013, the UK awards recognising excellence in environmental responsibility. Supported by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), the awards celebrate the pioneers of Britain’s brave new green economy.
Recolight entered the ‘Waste or Recycling Project of the Year’ category, which looked for examples of outstanding resource efficiency, waste elimination and recycling or re-use initiatives which bring the circular economy a step nearer.
Recolight’s marketing manager, Suzanne Castine commented: ‘We are pleased to have been named a Finalist at the Green Economy Awards, in recognition of Recolight’s dedication to making lamp recycling easy and cost effective for all. In the six years since the WEEE regulations were introduced, we have funded the recycling of over 175 million waste lamps, preventing 700kg of mercury from entering landfill.’
As a WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, Recolight operates as non-profit and is funded by its industry wide membership. Members join the scheme to demonstrate their commitment to keeping WEEE lamps out of landfill.
Recolight provides free lamp recycling for UK businesses with large quantities of waste lamps and also has options in place for those with smaller quantities. Alongside this, Recolight has a network of nearly 400 open collection points across the UK located at electrical wholesalers.
In the last three years Recolight has established a network of over 800 collection points for household low energy light bulbs, further demonstrating that Recolight goes beyond its legal obligations as a WEEE compliance scheme.