Lumicom Helps University of Lincoln to Improve Waste Management Performance

University of LincolnLumicom, working closely with Thorn Lighting, is helping the University of Lincoln to meet stringent waste management targets by ensuring that old luminaires removed during a refurbishment project are disposed of in compliance with the WEEE Directive.

The University has set itself strict targets with a view to improving its waste management performance. By 2017, therefore, the University is committed to recycling more than half of its waste and no longer sending any waste to landfill.

This environmental strategy has been clearly demonstrated during a large refurbishment programme to modernise 17 buildings in its halls of residence estate, comprising 1037 furnished student bedrooms. The refurbishment includes replacement of existing lighting with a lower energy solution using Thorn LED and T5 fluorescent luminaires.

In the first phase of the refurbishment programme 1479 luminaires were removed, with the waste being segregated into skips provided by Lumicom. The second phase began in July 2013 with a further 1429 luminaires being disposed of under the WEEE Directive. The final phase in 2014 will complete the refurbishment of all 17 blocks.

In specifying luminaires from a Lumicom member the University was able to delegate responsibility for disposal of the old luminaires to a single body and be confident that disposal would be in line with regulations and best practice, complete with a full audit trail.

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