luminaire producers to join weee compliance schemes

11th February 2014

Calls have been made for luminaire producers to join WEEE producer compliance schemes in order to achieve higher waste luminaire recycling rates in the UK. The WEEE Recast of the EU WEEE Directive has led a number of additions to the scope of WEEE under the WEEE Regulations 2013 which came into force 1 January 2014 and now include photovoltaic panels in the new category 14 while category 13 was expanded to include luminaires with an integrated LED light source as well as all LED light sources.

MRW reports that calls have been made by a lighting compliance scheme for luminaire manufacturers, producers and distributors to join WEEE compliance schemes in order for scrap and waste from luminaire products to be collected and reprocessed in an environmentally sound manner as currently, this in unregulated.

According to MRW, Environment Agency data for waste luminaires detail that 55,433 tonnes of luminaire products were supplied to business end users in 2012 with only 328 tonnes collected by UK WEEE compliance schemes.

Read the full list of changes to the WEEE Regulations here.

The current UK business WEEE recycling rate for luminaire’s is just 0.6% and while the high value of scrap from luminaires may for now discourage the products ending up in landfill, inclusion under the regulations would ensure that scrap is not mismanaged or exported to less economically developed countries (LEDCs).

Under the WEEE Regulations 2013 luminaire producers must either take responsibility for their waste products or pass the responsibility on to the end user through the production of disposal and recycling advice and literature. One of the driving factors behind concerns for waste luminaire products is the risk of hazardous chemical contamination if luminaires are not collected and reprocessed under the WEEE Regulations 2013 due to the presence of mercury in the light sources.

Unregulated, this could lead to the illegal release of mercury by scrap dealers and producers could be liable for prosecution under the RoHS directive.

Comply Direct’s WEEE producer compliance scheme operates under the parameters of the WEEE Regulations 2013 and should reported calls for luminaire producers to join WEEE compliance schemes be met by the government then Comply Direct will pledge assistance to all luminaire producers.

Currently, Comply Direct offer assistance for luminaire producers as well as a WEEE collection service which is appropriate to the environmentally sound collection and recycling of luminaires with LED light sources as well as the scrap material from the products.

Please get in touch for more information about WEEE collections and the Comply Direct WEEE producer compliance scheme and quote ‘Luminaire’.