Bulb and lamp recycling levels have soared in the UK over recent years thanks to improved collection facilities, resource.uk.com reports.

According to new figures released by the Environment Agency, the UK recycled 39.5 per cent of all lamps put on the market, up from the 29.4 per cent recorded in 2011. This increase makes lamp recycling one of the fastest growing WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) industries in the UK.

Some of this growth was thought to have been achieved through increases in the collection rate, which lifted from 34.41 per cent to 35.37 per cent over the same period. Whilst few councils accept lamps in their kerbside collection, it is hoped that one day recycling levels could be increased further still by permitting Brits to pop lamps into their recycling bins.

Looking over the longer term, lamp recycling rates have risen from 23.2 per cent in 2008 to 24.1 per cent in 2009 and 26 per cent in 2010. Therefore, the increase witnessed between 2011 and 2012 represents the highest percentage rise yet seen.

Speaking to professional-electrician.com, Nigel Harvey, CEO of the UK’s compliance scheme for the lighting industry, Recolight, explained: “The excellent recycling rates the UK has achieved have only been possible with the commitment of all Recolight members.

“The lighting industry has set a benchmark for business WEEE recycling. We already know that our sector accounts for a higher proportion of business WEEE recycled over put-on-the-market EEE than any other industry. Now, the 2012 figures demonstrate that we are well on the way to meeting the first set of higher targets outlined within the recast WEEE Directive.”

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