WEEE enters UK law

The UK has become the first country in the EU to transpose the WEEE Directive into national law that came into effect on 1 January 2014. The revised WEEE Regulations contain some important changes for the lighting industry.

One change is that all equipment with an integrated LED light source is put into the same category as gas discharge lamps. This should avoid the risk of a orphan waste stream as gas discharge lamps are replaced by LED lamps and, increasingly, by LED luminaires.

Nigel Harvey, chief executive of lending lighting-compliance scheme Recolight, comments, ‘We are really pleased that the Department of Business Innovation & Skills has listened to concerns raised by producers. The red-tape challenge has been effective at concerting the problems raised into legislative change.’

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