Posts tagged “Recycling”

LED lighting
Six companies and institutions are working together to find practical new ways to recover gallium when LED lamps are recycled. 
 
The project, named Recovery of Gallium Ionic Liquid (or ReGAIL) is financed in part by Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. 
 
Recolight, the UK’s body for lighting products included in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) programme, is one of the organisations taking part in the ReGAIL initiative. 
Did you know that you can now tailor your own lamp shade and light online? 
 
Using 3D printing techniques, it will be made using recyclable material and delivered to your door within two weeks. 
 
With a few clicks you can have your own bespoke LED table lamp made from 24 recycled CDs. 
 
This new service has been launched across Europe following a successful pilot project in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. 
Since 2007 the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive has made manufacturers responsible for financing, collecting and disposing of electrical equipment in an environmentally friendly way. 
 
The amount each manufacturer pays depends their market share, by weight. However, some companies avoid making any payments when they sell through online marketplaces. 
Last year electrical contractors, their customers and installation specifiers were all challenged to improve their environmental credentials. 
 
The goal is to promote the use of trunking cabling solutions made with a minimum of 50% recycled plastic. 
 
Work is going ahead to define specifications and engage with businesses who will help to substantially reduce the amount of recyclable plastic sent to landfill. 
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