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A boost for street lantern recycling

Lumicom has launched new arrangements for the disposal of end-of-life street lanterns being replaced by new lanterns from Lumicom members.

A boost for street lantern recycling

Consequently, specifying new lanterns from Lumicom members will greatly ease the disposal of the older luminaires.

The scheme is tailored to meet the needs of different types of projects. For the disposal of smaller numbers of lanterns – in the order of a few hundred a month – hessian bags will be supplied to street lighting depots by W & S Recycling of Poole, which will collect them on a ‘milk round’ basis.

For greater quantities there will be differing arrangements for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England, a skip will be provided. In Wales the recycler Wastechnique, will supply and collect stillages on a milk round basis and in Northern Ireland the disposal of lanterns and other luminaires will be handled by Asset Management Ireland (AMI).

A major challenge for the recycling of street lanterns is the high content of glass reinforced plastic (GRP), a material that currently cannot be recycled and is sent to landfill. Many of the lanterns currently being replaced may be as much as 40 years old containing over 60% GRP by weight. Lumicom is continuing to explore more environmentally friendly alternatives for handling this waste.

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