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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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Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 260, 261, 264, 265, 268, 270 and 273 - Amendment to the Universal Waste Rule: Addition of Pharmaceuticals 01/30/2009National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 260, 261, 264, 265, 268, 270, and 273 - Amendment to the Universal Waste Rule: Addition of Pharmaceuticals 12/02/2008National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 260, 261, 264, 265, 268, 270, and 273 - Hazardous Waste Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program; Mercury Containing Equipment 08/05/2005National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 49, 60, 63, 75, 86, 89, 92, 94, 761, and 1065 - Incorporation of Revised ASTM Standards that Provide Flexibility in the Use of Alternatives to Mercury-Containing Thermometers 01/13/2011National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Universal Waste Handlers and Destination Facilities 06/25/2004National
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
Notices Commodity-Grade Mercury: Notice of Stakeholder Panel Process, Notice of Public Meeting, and Solicitation of Public Comment 03/29/2007National
Final Regulations Correction - 40 CFR 273 - Standards for Universal Waste Management 06/29/2007National
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 flourescent 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