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122 TECHNOLOGY / SUSTAINABILITY
THE BIG LIGHT
PROJECT
HenriettaLynchexploresthe BigLight Projectrecentlylaunchedby
Recolightand implores lighting designerstoget involved
“We all have a responsibility to learn and ments such as making your own light bulb supported by Chief Executive Nigel Harvey
change. The Government has been encour- using either copper wire or a nail, jam jar and Marketing Executive Corinnia Burke. It
aging us all to work towards a greener and batteries; exercises to calculate energy forms part of Recolight’s Consumer Aware-
environment. It is in our global interests savings through the implementation of CFL ness campaign that in turn forms part of
to pull together to make a change. By lamps in the home and many other exciting Recolight’s wider remit.
recycling and being more aware of the need tasks. A not-for-profit organisation, Recolight is
for better, more efficient lighting in our The project is also supported by a compre- a producer-led compliance scheme that
homes, schools and offices, we can make a hensive website that features an excellent specialises in the recycling of Gas Discharge
huge impact” animated film (which is worthy of being Lamps (GDLs). This means that Recolight
www.thebiglightproject.co.uk shown to anybody involved in lighting puts the processes in place to ensure the
design) that provides download material for safe and easy disposal of fluorescent and
In May 2009 Recolight (a UK based lamp re- teachers, interactive teaching resources, mercury lamps, the most popular being
cycling company providing WEEE compliant useful key facts and which is currently host- Compact Fluorescent Lamps (or CFLs).
fluorescent and mercury lamp disposal and ing a competition for the children. Recolight was established by the UK lamp
collection facilities) launched the educa- An initial acquisition period informed the industry in 2005 primarily for the purpose
tional programme the Big Light Project. design of the project, the first pilot phase of operating a WEEE (Waste Electrical and
This programme is an initial pilot scheme of which is being implemented in schools Electronic Equipment) Compliance Scheme
aimed primarily at teaching school children in counties in the South East of England, on behalf of Lamp Producers in the UK. Its
between the ages of 8 and 13 about the his- not currently inclusive of Central London. operating model is based upon one devel-
tory, basic functions and efficiency of artifi- There has however been such an early inter- oped by the European Lamp Companies Fed-
cial lighting and lamps and how and why to est and positive response from schools all eration (ELC) - a European Trade Association
recycle them. The project aims to improve around the country and from as far afield as for lamp manufacturers - although the
understanding among children through the the highlands of Scotland that some schools implementation is different in each country,
specially designed character ‘Professor from outside the pilot area have chosen reflecting the different national implemen-
Bright, Expert in Light’, who communicates voluntarily to participate in this first phase. tations of the WEEE Directive EC2002/94.
serious messages about the environment, Currently 740 schools are participating in I actually think that it is a ‘must’ for all
climate change and lighting in a fun and the project that equates to about a 16% lighting designers to visit The Big Light Proj-
engaging way. uptake of all the schools that were first ect and find out more about it.
Schools who have signed up to the proj- approached. In the autumn these schools
ect receive information packs containing will provide feedback into the project and
material that is used as part of the teaching it will be accordingly adapted before being For further information about The Big Light
curriculum for Science, Design and Technol- implemented in northern English counties Project or Recolight contact:
ogy and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health and thereafter the rest of the country. www.thebiglightproject.co.uk
Education) classes over a 10 week course. The Big Light Project was the brainchild of www.recolight.co.uk
This includes instructions for science experi- Recolight commercial manager – Peter Lees tel: 0845 601 7749
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