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Lamp Recycling & WEEE Directive


Lighting Shop Direct and Lamp Recycling & the WEEE Directive


What is it?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006.

The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.


What the main changes are from July 1st 2007 will be: 

1.Lamps & tubes affected 

It is mandatory for manufacturers to provide for end of life recycling of the following lamp types: 

- All fluorescent tubes (both linear and other shapes) 
- All compact fluorescent lamps 
- High intensity discharge lamps (mercury, sodium & metal halide) 

2.End of life recycling costs 

The costs of end of life recycling will be recovered by manufacturers at the time of sale by a specific WEEE charge against each of the above lamp or tube types. 

All our existing price arrangements with you will be increased on July 1st to fully reflect the WEE charge levied on us and this will be shown as a separate line on invoice against each affected lamp type. 

We understand that the WEEE charge will be 10p per item for all fluorescent tubes, High intensity discharge lamps (mercury, sodium & metal halide). All compact fluorescent lamps used as direct replacements for incandescant lamps for example BC, ES, SBC & SES cap lamps will be 3p per item. 

3. End of life recycling method 

At end of product life it is the responsibility of the user to return products to an approved bulk collection point.
We have designated Branches that have a collection service, please contact your local branch for details. We are such a recycle point and will be happy to take your lamp waste in our recycle container – managed by Recolight.

We will of course be pleased to discuss any special requirements to suit your own specific requirements. 

Whilst Luminaires are also covered by the same European legislation, it is understood that manufacturers will be increasing trade prices to incorporate the recycling charge rather than show this as a separate charge on invoice – again we await confirmation.