Universal Waste Handler/Recycler
Universal wastes are hazardous wastes generated by a variety of people that may not be discarded in the trash. These wastes include, but are not limited to batteries, fluorescent tubes, some electronic devices, and mercury containing devices.
Additional Documents to assist Generators, Handlers, and Recyclers
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Summary of Universal Waste Handler Requirements
Fluorescent Lamps and Tubes
Broken lamps can release mercury to the air and water. Recycle or bring them to a household hazardous waste collection facility and keep them out of the trash. This includes fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps, metals halide lamps and sodium vapor lamps.
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Most aerosol cans use a hydrocarbon propellant, which is very flammable. Non-empty aerosol cans may be classified as hazardous wastes for several reasons: the pressurized contents may explode when heated; the propellant may be ignitable or toxic; or the product itself may be ignitable, corrosive or toxic.
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Electronic wastes are universal wastes, but they are subject to some additional rules. Many types of electronic products contain hazardous substances like lead and heavy metals.
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Universal Waste Rule History