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Universal Wastes
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In the past, the regulatory burden associated with managing certain widely generated hazardous wastes (e.g., batteries, pesticides, and thermostats) discouraged facilities, particularly smaller facilities, from recycling these wastes. In order to encourage the collection and recycling of these wastes and to decrease the practice of their disposal in municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLFs), EPA developed a set of streamlined regulations to manage the hazardous wastes it deemed "universal wastes."
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Questions & Answers Are liquid mercury, thermometers, barometers, and switches containing mercury considered Universal Waste, or is it just thermostats, with each requiring a separate label stating: "Mercury-containing (item)"? 03/18/2010National
Questions & Answers Are universal wastes considered hazardous wastes for purposes of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) regulations? 01/05/2004National
Questions & Answers Can I manage broken mercury-containing thermometers as universal waste, or do I have to manage them under the standard hazardous waste management rules? 07/16/2008National
Guidance Documents Cleaning up a Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb or Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb  National
Questions & Answers Do shipments of universal waste require a hazardous waste manifest? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Does my universal waste ever have to be handled as hazardous waste? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Does the landfill receiving universal paint waste have to treat it to LDR standards prior to disposal? How does the landfill know what to treat for if there is no manifest? 12/15/2003National
Guidance Documents EPA Training Module: Universal Waste  National
Guidance Documents Fact Sheet: Mercury-Containing Equipment Classified as Universal Waste  National
Questions & Answers How can I avoid becoming an LQHUW? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers How long may I accumulate universal wastes at my site? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers How long may I hold shipments that are "in-transit"? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers I am trying to identify all mercury content/mercury labeling requirements at the state level. I am most interested in any new or amended requirements (2005/2006). 03/14/2006National
Questions & Answers If we have fluorescent light bulb crusher with a HEPA Filter that removes mercury vapors, what are the federal and Kansas regulations for proper disposal and would this be considered universal waste or recycling? 12/30/2003National
Guidance Documents Implementation of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act  National
Questions & Answers In Pennsylvania and Maryland, is a Small Quantity Handler permitted to manage a small quantity (i.e., less than 5-gallons) of unintentionally broken lamps and bulbs as universal waste? 11/29/2004National
Questions & Answers Is there a DOT regulation requiring universal waste handlers to have training? 02/22/2010National
Questions & Answers Is there specific language in the Universal Waste rules that states that accidentally broken flourescent light bulbs may be managed as Universal Waste? Are there specific state exceptions? 12/02/2009National
Questions & Answers May a handler of universal waste manage broken or damaged batteries as universal wastes? 02/21/2006National
Questions & Answers Must green tipped fluorescent bulbs be managed as universal waste or can they be managed as municipal waste? Can they be broken to facilitate consolidation for disposal? 07/31/2012National
Questions & Answers Must the words "Universal Waste" be put on shipping papers? 11/28/2005National
Forms Overview of Universal Waste Regulations  National
PowerPoints RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Speaker's Notes RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Training Exercises RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Training Exercises RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Quizzes RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Handout RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Trainer's Guides RCRA Training: Universal Wastes  National
Guidance Documents Some Used Lamps Are Universal Wastes  National
Guidance Documents Universal Waste Handler and Hazardous Waste Generator Requirements  National
Checklists Universal Waste: Handler Training Checklist  National
Regulatory Analysis Universal Wastes  National
Questions & Answers What additional reporting requirements apply to large quantity handlers? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What are "regulated batteries" and "rechargeable consumer products," and how does the Battery Act apply to them? 01/22/2003National
Questions & Answers What are the potential fines for failing to comply with the universal waste regulations? 05/25/2010National
Questions & Answers What are the regulations for taping/protecting the ends of batteries when preparing them for shipment/disposal. 09/26/2011National
Questions & Answers What are the typical ways that a state might differ in regulation of universal wastes? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What employee training requirements apply to the handling of universal wastes? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers What is a Universal Waste Generator? 10/26/2004National