Universal Waste Management

"Universal Wastes" are a specific category of hazardous waste streams that can be managed in an alternative manner to the standard and more stringent hazardous waste requirements. The Universal Waste Rules are intended to promote recycling as well as proper disposal by easing certain regulatory requirements.

Recycle symbol for universal wastes

A waste must be a regulated hazardous waste before it can be considered a universal waste. If a hazardous waste stream is not managed as a universal waste, then the waste must be managed as a hazardous waste under applicable hazardous waste regulations.

Types of universal waste:

  • Light bulbs/lamps and ballasts
  • Mercury & mercury-containing devices
  • Batteries (large and small cell)
  • Electronic waste (computers, monitors, printers, etc.)
  • Pesticides

Allied has extensive experience in characterizing, packaging, manifesting and managing universal wastes in residential, commercial and industrial settings. 

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