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Traditional incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient – they waste 95% of the electricity they use by turning it into heat! Under new EU rules, these bulbs are being phased out and replaced by energy efficient light bulbs – a measure that will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 million tons a year. Traditional incandescent light bulbs began to be phased out in 2009 when the manufacture of 100W and 60W pearl light bulbs was stopped. In September 2011, 60W clear bulbs were also banned from being produced. These lamps were not removed from sale – there are still
Not all light bulbs can be tossed in the bin. Energy efficient bulbs like CFLs and some LEDs contain materials that are harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly, which has lead lawmakers to create new legislation that aims to make properly disposing of electronic waste easier for consumers. This legislation, called the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, is now UK and European law. WEEE requires producers – not consumers – to pay for the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical equipment. This means that retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment, including