A variety of types of lamps are used in the University. The following routes should be used for disposal of these:

Lamps that are special waste

Fluorescent tubes, compact low energy and sodium lamps

These types of lamps contain materials that can be hazardous if released into the environment and as a result they are designated as special waste. For more information on identifying special waste see the SEPS .

Care must be taken to ensure that this type of lamp is not broken during handling or transport. In the event of a breakage indoors the room should be well ventillated. In all cases the broken material must be carefully swept up and contained in a way that avoids the risk of cuts to those handling the waste.

In normal circumstances Estates & Buildings staff undertake the replacement of faulty lamps and this service includes the removal of the old lamp. In other cases  a request for removal of waste lamps should be made by using the Estates & Buildings works line system. See

Equipment lamps

Some types of equipment lamp also contain hazardous material such as mercury. These lamps should also be disposed through the Estates & Buildings works line system and it should be made clear at the time of raising a request for removal that these lamps contain hazardous material.

Other lamps

Lamps that are not hazardous waste can be disposed through the general waste stream by placing them into the black external bins that are located on campus. Care should be taken when handling and transporting these to ensure that they are contained in a way that prevents breakage and any resulting cuts from the glass.