Frequent Questions

What is ?universal waste??

Universal waste means any of the following hazardous wastes that are managed under the universal waste requirements of 40 CFR §273:

- Batteries as described in §273.2 Exit EPA
- Pesticides as described in §273.3 Exit EPA
- Mercury-containing equipment as described in as described in §273.4 Exit EPA
- Lamps as described in §273.5 Exit EPA

Universal waste regulations streamline the collection of these categories of hazardous waste.  The rule is designed to reduce hazardous waste in the municipal solid waste stream by making it easier to collect and recycle these wastes.

This guidance represents clarification of the Federal regulations. Since most States are authorized to implement the Federal regulations, you should contact your state environmental agency for guidance on additional universal wastes or universal waste regulations in your state. State Web sites are located at the following URL:

For more information about universal waste, see the universal waste web site.

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