Recolight: updating on sustainability initiatives

At a press briefing yesterday, Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey gave an update the company’s sustainability initiatives.



“Over the last two years, we have run nine webinars regarding resource efficiency and the circular economy.  We are delighted those webinars were attended by 1200 delegates, and were also viewed by 1500 afterwards. It is particularly pleasing that the topics are now moving on from ‘what we should be doing’ to ‘what is being done’.  Particular thanks to Ray Molony who has chaired all the sessions, and has been instrumental in encouraging the lighting industry to embrace the circular economy.”

Harvey added “Next week Recolight will be launching two new services intended to increase re-use and re-manufacture in the lighting industry, by diverting more product from recycling.  The services will address the re-use of used lighting equipment, and also the supply of end-of-line or remaindered stock held in our producer members’ warehouses. These services have been developed directly as a response to the challenges explored during our webinar series.”

Harvey then moved on to give an update on Recolight’s net zero ambitions: “We are committed to being net zero by 2030.  Data for our benchmark year, 2019, has been independently analysed.  It shows that over 90% of our carbon emissions arise from the transport of waste around the country. We have to get that down.  It will be a challenge, because our waste is currently transported by diesel fuelled HGVs, but we are determined to find solutions.”

Harvey concluded by saying “I am immensely proud of team at Recolight.  They are making a major contribution to the sustainability in the lighting sector by supporting our Producer Members and their customers in their ambitions to adopt circular economy practices.”


We were established by the UK lighting industry in 2005 primarily for the purpose of operating a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance Scheme on behalf of lamp producers in the UK. Our operating model is based upon one developed by the European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) - a European Trade Association for lamp manufacturers - although the implementation is different in each country, reflecting the different national implementations of the WEEE Directive EC2002/94

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