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Lighting: Waste Disposal

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what guidance has been issued on procedures for (a) cleaning up and (b) disposing of environmentally-friendly light bulbs which have been broken. (168313)

The instructions are that the cleaning operative, using protective gloves and wearing a mask, should collect the main fragments of the light bulb and carefully place these into a sturdy box. All splinters should then be collected using stiff card or paper. The area should then be cleaned using a damp cloth. The splinters and the cloth should also be placed into the box. Once the area is clear and clean, the box should be sealed and labelled with details of the item. The box should then be taken to the waste removal area in the loading bay and passed to the waste disposal contractor for disposal in an appropriate manner.