RS Components leads the way for lamp recycling in East London with Recolight

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RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is blazing a trail for lamp recycling in East London.

By partnering with specialist recycling scheme Recolight, RS in Bow is able to provide free of charge recycling, for example with fluorescent lamps, for its customers in Central and East London.

Customers are able to take their waste lighting to the containers at the store at Old Ford Trading Centre, on Maverton Road, or if they collect large quantities of lamps to be recycled, RS can organise collections through Recolight.

Customers at the Bow branch have found the service so useful that a number of other branches in the RS network have now also joined Recolight’s collection service. This has meant that over the last 12 months approximately 4.9 tonnes of waste lamps, such as halogen lamps, have been collected and recycled by Recolight from RS branches around the country.

Ken Simpson, Environment and Sustainability Manager at RS commented, “Supporting the Recolight scheme makes sense to us as we are committed to recycling and driving sustainability. Recolight provides a comprehensive recycling service which has been well received by our customers in Bow leading us to increase the availability of the service across our UK branch network.”

Nigel Harvey, Recolight Chief Executive, said: “We are very pleased with the uptake of our collection service at RS. Providing free lamp recycling for the customers of the Bow branch has enabled us to reach a large number of central London businesses and encourage them to recycle. The fact that other branches have also signed up to provide collection facilities is very encouraging and demonstrates RS Components’ commitment to recycling.”

If you require any further information regarding the disposal of your old lamps or to discuss new or alternative lighting solutions, contact RS Components on 020 8983 3233 or call into Old Ford Trading Centre, Maverton Road, London, E3 2JE.

About Recolight
Recolight is a not-for-profit producer-led compliance scheme specialising in the recycling of gas discharge lamps (GDLs) in accordance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. This includes compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) such as energy-saving light bulbs. Recolight was established by the UK lamp producers who account for a significant share of the UK market. Its members are producers and importers of WEEE who put new lamps on the market for the first time in the UK, and are therefore obliged to comply with the WEEE Regulations. Recolight offers specialist lamp recycling services, advice and support to help all parties in the supply chain recycle their lamps as simply and efficiently as possible. For more information visit the Recolight website http://www.recolight.co.uk

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 550,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronics, automation and control, test and measurement, electrical and mechanical components.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2012 had revenues of £1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://uk.rs-online.com/web

For further information contact Anjali Jingree / Magdalen Bush
Telephone: 020 7526 3600
Email: ajingree(at)apcoworldwide(dot)com / mbush(at)apcoworldwide(dot)com

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