The universal waste regulations of the USEPA provide an option for generators of certain hazardous waste to manage them according to a lower regulatory standard: The Universal Waste Regulations. To take advantage of this “de-regulation” of a hazardous waste, generators need only comply with some basic regulations pertaining to its onsite management and off-site disposal. You can learn more about the management of Universal Waste from my article: The Universal Waste Option for the Management of Hazardous Waste.
The USEPA hazardous waste currently eligible for the Universal Waste option are:
- Mercury-Containing Devices
- Recalled or Canceled Pesticides
While states may differ in what they identify as a Universal Waste and in some of the on-site management requirements, they all agree that Universal Waste must be sent for disposal or recycling to a Universal Waste Destination Facility. A business can not simply throw Universal Waste in the trash with its regular garbage.
**NOTE: It may be possible for a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator of hazardous waste or a homeowner to send its Universal Waste to a Municipal Solid Waste Landfill for disposal with its regular trash or garbage. However, this is not recommended and some states out-right ban the landfill disposal of fluorescent lamps.
Not sure of your hazardous waste generator status?
Whatever your hazardous waste generator status or your status as a handler of universal waste, you and your employees will benefit from some form of my training services. Please contact me to discuss the best training option for you: