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
To notify as a handler or handler/recycler of UWEDS and CRTs online, go to our online notification and reporting page to file your reports.
- Review the Fact Sheet for Managing Universal Waste
- Read Chapter 23 of Title 22 for Managing Universal Wastes
- Or review entire Title 22 for all requirements including the proper management of Hazardous Wastes.
- Do you have questions regarding Hazardous Wastes? Go to the Hazardous Waste web page.
- Don’t like reading Regulations? Try reviewing our table summary to answer some of your questions.
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.
- Online Training: Managing Waste Mercury Lamps
- Report: Best Management Practices for Managing Spent Fluorescent Lamps – January 2005
- Fact Sheet: It is Illegal for Most Firms to Discard Fluorescent Light Tubes in the Trash! – May 2007
- DTSC forms the LETRA Task Force to address AB 1109
- What to do when you break a Fluorescent Light
- AB 1109 Lighting Task Force Report Released
Beginning January 1st of 2010, California will restrict the sale of general purpose lights by any person, including a manufacturer, retailer, distributor and online seller, if those lights contain certain hazardous substances above specific concentration limits. Get more information here.
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.
For Additional Questions, Contact the Regulatory Assistance Office
Toll-Free in CA: 800-728-6942 or 800 72-TOXIC
Outside CA: 916-324-2439
Hazardous Waste Links
- Hazardous Waste Home
- Certified Appliance Recycler (CAR) Program
- Electronic Waste
- Facilities (TSDFs)
- Hazardous Waste ID Numbers
- Hazardous Waste Manifests
- Hazardous Waste Tracking System
- Household Hazardous Waste
- Metal Recycling
- Universal Waste
- Form 1358
- California Hazardous Waste Codes
Hazardous Waste Related Links
- Annual/Biennial Reports
- Emergency Response Program
- Export-Import Standards
- Fact Sheets & Publications
- Find a Registered Hazardous Waste Transporter
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Hazardous Waste Policies & Procedures
- Hazardous Waste Project Documents
- Kettleman Hills Landfill
- Office of Criminal Investigations
- Regulatory Assistance Office
- Report an Environmental Concern
- Retail Waste