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The EPA’s universal waste regulations streamline the hazardous waste management standards for certain categories of hazardous waste that are commonly generated by a wide variety of establishments. The streamlined regulations:

  • promote the collection and recycling of universal waste,
  • ease the regulatory burden on retail stores and other generators that wish to collect these wastes and transporters of these wastes, and
  • encourage the development of municipal and commercial programs to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors.

Universal Waste Types

  • Batteries
  • Pesticides
  • Mercury Containing Equipment/Articles
  • Lamps
  • Aerosol Cans

Who’s Required to Comply

  • Small quantity handlers of universal waste (accumulates less than 5,000 kg)
  • Large quantity handlers of universal waste (accumulates 5,000 kg or more)
  • Universal waste transporters
  • Universal waste destination facilities