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. If you need help deciding if a lamp is hazardous please contact 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 ventilated. 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 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 Helpdesk system. See

Equipment lamps

Some types of equipment lamp also contain hazardous material such as mercury. Disposal of these lamps should also be requested through the Estates Helpdesk system. It should be made clear at the time of raising a request for removal that these lamps contain hazardous material. A charge may be applied for large quantities.

Other lamps

Lamps that are not hazardous waste are still likely to be classified as WEEE, especially where they contain electonic components that can be recovered. Lamps that no longer work should be stored locally and a periodic uplift arranged via the Estates Helpdesk system. They will be taken by Estates  to a central store and removed by our contractor CCL (North).  Care should be taken when handling and transporting lamps to avoid breakage and any subsequent risk of cuts from the glass.