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WEEE Recycling

Multi-lite are a responsible supplier of lamps and lumonaires.  Our company are proud members of the Recolight recycling scheme who are one of the UK's leading WEEE handler.

Recycling Principles

Disposal of modern lamps and luminaires Fluorescent lamps and discharge lamps contain small amounts of mercury and valuable raw materials. LED lamps and luminaires contain electronic components and valuable raw materials as well. That is why these products should not be thrown out with the garbage or other glass, but should be collected and recycled or be disposed of safely according to the WEEE directive and corresponding national law of the EU Member States.

The products of the lamp industry are unique in terms of disposal. Approximately 80% of all used equipment are lamps, but they only account for 1% of the total electronic waste by weight. Many products are fragile and therefore also need to be handled in a specific way at the end of their life.The high quantity, the necessary small-scale logistics, and the requirements for handling these products call for tailor-made organization for best recycling results.

Incandescent lamps and halogen lamps consist of glass and metal and do not contain any harmful substances. Collecting them separately does not make sense so they can simply be disposed of with other garbage. Therefore these two product families are generally not in the scope of the WEEE directive.

Collection requirements
In order to take into consideration the specifics already described, large manufacturers within the lamp industry set up CRSOs (Collection and Recycling Service Organizations) in most European countries which organize the collection and eco-friendly disposal of old equipment for the industry. These companies look after the following tasks for us:

• Creating a disposal system, taking into account and including communal collection arrangements. 
• Actively educating consumers and raising their awareness for handling our products in an eco-friendly way at end of life.
• Carrying out actual collection, transport, recycling and disposal.
•Developing new technologies and processes to increase the percentage to be reused.

Since CRSOs have systems for all WEEE lamps, consumers do not have to sort lamps, which are registered by the WEEE directive, by manufacturer or production date. In most countries private consumers can hand in discharge lamps at most collection points free of charge.

Technical procedures
Various recycling procedures have been established for the reuse of LED and discharge lamps for both stationary and mobile operations. These procedures aim at neatly separating the components of the lamps and reusing the remaining material wherever possible. Clean glass is used for the production of new lamps and mixed glass is recycled with other glass. Metal parts go into metal recycling and plastics are mainly recycled thermally. Phosphors are blown out or rinsed out and can be used for industrial processes. The remaining mercury is disposed of appropriately. This is how more than 90% of raw lamp materials is reused.
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