A new European association focused on WEEE in the lighting sector has been established. EucoLight has been created to give a voice to WEEE compliance schemes that are specialised in managing the collection and recycling of lamps and luminaires.
Brussels based EucoLight has been established to respond positively to the challenges of lamp recycling, and to engage effectively with other European bodies and trade associations.
The WEEE directive, as recast, probably has greater impact on lighting than on any other industry sector, says Recolight, who says there is probably a greater number of lamps recycled in Europe than all other types of electrical equipment.
Nigel Harvey, Recolight – “There are a number of changes to WEEE being considered at a European level. EucoLight will work to ensure that those changes are appropriate for the lighting industry”
Unlike most other items of WEEE there is no value associated with waste lamps. Most lamps are also fragile and hazardous, making them difficult to transport, and requiring specialist recycling facilities.
EucoLight was founded by Recolight, and three other compliance schemes based in Spain, Italy, and Denmark.
EucoLight will work to enhance the regulatory framework for lighting waste and the associated level playing field, support the development of appropriate international standards, provide guidance and support to its members, all within the context of ambitious lamp recycling collection rates.
Welcoming the news, Nigel Harvey, Chief Executive of Recolight, who has also been elected to the board of EucoLight said: “There are a number of changes to WEEE being considered at a European level. EucoLight will work to ensure that those changes are appropriate for the lighting industry. I am delighted to be on the board and to support the ongoing work of the lighting industry at a European level.”
EucoLight membership is open to any WEEE compliance scheme that fulfils EucoLight criteria.
WEEE schemes from a total of 15 different EU member states have already applied. Further details can be obtained at www.eucolight.org or by contacting the Secretary General, Marc Guiraud (firstname.lastname@example.org)