Managing Hazardous Waste

We strengthen regulations and streamline waste management

Universal Waste

Universal Waste is a Universal Problem

Universal waste comes primarily from consumer products containing mercury, lead, cadmium and other substances that are hazardous to human health and the environment. These items cannot be discarded in household trash nor disposed of in landfills. Examples of universal waste are batteries, fluorescent tubes, and many electronic devices.

Types of Universal Wastes and What Makes Them Hazardous

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