According to the latest figures, the UK lamp recycling rate increased from 40 per cent in 2012 to 53 per cent in 2013, according to the Environment Agency. At the same time, the luminaire recycling rate improved from 0.6 to two per cent.
The rate is calculated from the amount of products recycled compared to the amount put on the market, and has been driven by the falling number of gas discharge products being sold, as well as by increases in the actual number recycled.
This year, the lamp recycling rate is expected to drop again, as a result of LED lamps being classified for the first time in the same category as gas discharge lamps.
The UK is well placed to meet targets of 45 per cent by 2016 and 65 per cent by 2019.