WEEE - Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipments

WEEE - Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipments

GE takes care of collection and recycling of end of life LED, CFL, HID, LFL lamps and luminaries to protect environment in accordance with the WEEE Directive.

GE Lighting has long been a pioneer in developing technologies with higher efficiency and lower environmental impact. Our new generation products operate at significantly lower electric power consumption with a longer life expectancy than traditional light sources. As a result, the lamps produced by us provide not only energy-efficient lighting, but also reduce the required (negative) material requirement during the production. Ecomagination®, a GE commitment is encouraging the development of new technologies that contribute to the solution of growing environmental problems.

The best evidence of our commitment to green solutions is that:
  • We give priority to informing consumers about the energy efficiency of our products, so the packaging of lamps indicates clearly visible markings on their energy use and their impact on the environment,
  • We closely co-operate with local governments and waste collection companies (CRSOs) to manage the collection of used light sources which counts as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
  • We adhere to the strict environmental standards of the European Union's RoHS and REACH programs. In addition to meeting the statutory requirements we strive continuously to reduce the mercury content of products and minimize the emission of environmentally harmful substances
The objectives of the Community's environment policy are, to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment, protect human health and utilize natural resources prudently and rationally.

That policy is based on the precautionary principle and principles that preventive action should be taken, that the environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source and that the polluter should pay. For more information, check the official directive (2012/19/EU) of the European Parliament and Council on WEEE.
  • WEEE cannot be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste, their collection must be done separately
  • Return and collection systems in Europe are organized by collection and recycling organizations -CRSOs
  • Household users can dispose of their WEEE free of charge at the appropriate collection points
  • The potential effects on the environment and human health as a result of the presence of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment
  • All products put on the market after Aug 13th 2005, falling under the legislation are marked with a crossed out wheelie bin. This informs the end-user that the waste of the product at the end of life stage must be collected separately. Legislation also requires clear date identification. It can be made by a separate date code printed on the product or to simply indicate that the product was manufactured and placed on the market after Aug 13th 2005, a black bar put under the crossed wheelie bin logo.

About the WEEE Symbol

About the WEEE Symbol

The WEEE symbol was adopted by the European Council to represent waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) comprised a crossed out wheelie bin with or without a single black line underneath the symbol. The black line indicates that goods have been placed on the market after 2005, when the first Directive (2002/96/EC) came into force. Goods without the black line were manufactured between 2002 and 2005. In such instances, these are treated as "historic WEEE".

The WEEE logo is intended to show that the equipment should not be disposed of in the normal waste stream.

The logo is defined in detail in the European Standard EN 50419.

Producer responsibility

The Producer is the one, independent of the sales method, who
  • produces and sells products under his brand name;
  • resells under his own brand products produced by another supplier (private labels) unless the brand of the producer appears on the equipment;
  • imports or exports on professional basis into a member state.

Covered products – European directive

WEEE covers linear fluorescent, compact fluorescent , HID lamps and fittings under point 5 of the directive.
The affected products are the following:
  • Small household appliances
  • Large household appliances
  • IT and telecommunication equipment
  • Electronic entertainment equipment
  • Lighting:
    Lamps (excluding incandescent and halogen light bulbs)
    Luminaries (excluding household)
  • Electrical and electronic tools
  • Toys and sports equipment
  • Mechanical appliances
  • Surveillance and control instruments
  • Automatic distribution equipment

End-of-life cost

What needs to be organized for the collection & recycling:
  • Organisational cost of take-back system
  • Communication
  • Consolidation for Collection Points
  • Registration / volume calculation
  • Reporting to government
  • Collection and Transport
  • Recycling
FEE = Total WEEE Costs
Expected Number of lamps sold

CRSO - collection and recycling organizations

GE Lighting involvement in the EU
Member State WEEE company (C(R)SO) Company Website
Austria UFH Elektroaltgeräte Systembetreiber GmbH http://www.ufh.at/
Belgium Recupel Lightrec VZW http://www.recupel.be/
Czech Republic Ekolamp s.r.o. http://www.ekolamp.cz/
Denmark Lyskildebranchens WEEE Forening http://www.lwf.nu/
Finland FLIP http://www.elker.fi/fi/Tuottajayhteisot/FLIP
France Société par Actions Simplifiée "Récylum" http://www.recylum.com/
Germany EAR (German National Register) http://www.stiftung-ear.de/
Germany Lightcycle Retourlogistik und Service GmbH http://www.lightcycle.de/
Germany Lampen-Recycling-und-Service GmbH http://www.lampen-recycling-service-gmbh.de/
Hungary Electro Coord Magyarorszag Kft http://www.electro-coord.hu/
Ireland Recolight Ireland http://www.weeeireland.ie/
Italy ECOLAMP Consortium http://www.ecolamp.it/
Latvia Sia Ekogaisma http://www.ekogaisma.lv/
Estonia Ekogaisma Eesti OÜ http://www.ekogaisma.ee/
Lithuania Ekosvieza http://www.eko-sviesa.lt/
Netherlands LightRec/Stichting NVMP http://www.producenten-verantwoordelijkheid.nl/
Poland ElectroEko SA http://www.elektroeko.pl/
Portugal AMB3E http://www.amb3e.pt/
Romania Asociatia Recolamp http://www.recolamp.ro/
Slovakia Ekolamp Slovakia http://www.ekolamp.sk/
Slovenia Ekosij d.o.o/ZEOS http://www.zeos.si/
Spain Ambilamp http://www.ambilamp.es/que_es
Sweden El-kretsen i Sverige AB http://www.el-kretsen.se/
Switzerland Stiftung Light RecyclingSchweiz http://www.slrs.ch/
UK Recolight Ltd http://www.recolight.co.uk/