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Universal Waste

What is Universal Waste?

These waste streams were previously regulated as Hazardous Waste. In 1995 the EPA created the category of Universal Waste because they are more common and pose a lower risk than most types of Hazardous Wastes.  The EPA governs the collection and management of Universal Waste. As such, promoting environmentally sound collection, proper treatment or recycling. Universal Waste regulations can vary by state and include additional waste streams.

Examples of universal waste…

  • Ballasts
  • Batteries- Nicad, Alkaline, Lead, Acid, etc
  • Bulbs – CFL or Straight Fluorescent, Metal Halide, HID/Sodium Vapor, etc.
  • Electronic(s) Scrap
  • Mercury Contained in Manufactured Items

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Additional information regarding Regulatory guidelines on Hazardous waste can be found on the EPA website.