UK Amidst The Top Recycling Of Lamps in Europe

For the second consecutive year, the United Kingdom has been identified as the second largest recycler of lamps in Europe. Figures released by leading European lighting recycling schemes show that in 2014 the UK collected and processed 6,368 tonnes of lamps, second only to Germany which treated over 7,500 tonnes in 2014.

Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are among the leading recyclers in Europe, all contributing significantly to the 26,300 tonnes of lamps collected and processed in 2014 (out of those reviewed).

The latest annual lamp recycling data for eight European countries:


2014 Lamp Recycling (tonnes)

















Table 1 – European Recycling Platform data

The tonnage of lamps collected in the UK in 2014 was over 500 tonnes higher than in 2013.  Welcoming the news, Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey said “As the UK’s leading WEEE compliance scheme for lighting, Recolight has contributed significantly to the increase in UK lamp recycling.  To date, Recolight has recycled over 36,000 tonnes of lamps, LEDs and luminaires, more than all other UK PCSs put together.”  

Recolight’s Producer membership has grown in 2015 by 24 new Members, its highest membership growth since 2007.

The UK lamp recycling tonnages include obligated and non-obligated waste lamps as reported by the Environment Agency.


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About Recolight

Recolight is the leading UK WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, taking on responsibility for its members’ compliance, giving their customers access to the UK’s most comprehensive free lamp collection and recycling service, and ensuring that as many lamps as possible are kept out of landfill.

Recolight’s comprehensive offering and the success of its Members makes it the preferred scheme for the lighting industry, setting the standard for the sector. It is the only WEEE compliance scheme in the UK to provide integrated Lamp and Luminaire recycling. It has the biggest UK-wide network of over 2,930 collection points. As a result, since its founding in 2007, Recolight has been responsible for funding the recycling of over 228 million lamps, LEDs and luminaires, preventing over 900kg of mercury from going to landfill.

In 2012, Recolight won “Recycling and Waste Management Business of the Year” at the National Recycling Awards and Nigel Harvey, Recolight’s CEO, was recognised as LUX Person of the Year.