Cambridge City Council expands free lightbulb recycling service with Recolight

Cambridge City Council expands free lightbulb recycling service with Recolight

Cambridge City Council has expanded the number of low energy lightbulb recycling points it provides to residents, through its partnership with Recolight.

As one of the first local authorities to trial Recolight’s recycling scheme, Cambridge has now expanded it, providing eight recycling locations for the city’s 120,000 inhabitants to conveniently recycle their old low energy light bulbs.

The council has added two new collection points; one in Waitrose on Hauxton Road and another in the Coville Road car park in Cherry Hinton. They join Recolight’s network of 800 collection points which are open for consumers to use for free. These complement the existing 1,100 Household Waste Recycling Centres operating in local authorities across the UK.

Cambridge City Council was the first local authority to sign up to Recolight’s collection point network. In April 2010 its initial collection points were opened at convenient locations across the city including the local Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores. By June the following year, almost 2,000 low energy lightbulbs had been collected.

Rebecca Weymouth-Wood, recycling officer for Cambridge City Council, said of the seven containers already in operation, ‘The containers have helped to raise the profile of our local recycling points as these points now offer facilities for more than just the usual glass, paper and cans. We are keen to ensure our public recycling points complement our kerbside collection by allowing residents to recycle items that we cannot collect at the kerbside.’

Cambridge differs from most cities as many residents do not own cars, making a strong case for collection points to be located at convenient locations on the high street.

Suzanne Castine, head of marketing at Recolight, said, ‘Recolight is delighted that Cambridge City Council is expanding its number of collection points. As the first local authority to sign up to our network, it is important that we continue to raise consumer awareness, even in areas already working hard to promote the recycling of low energy light bulbs.’

Residents in Cambridge and across the UK can search for their nearest Recolight collection point or civil amenity centre at www.recolight.co.uk.

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