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Universal Waste Disposal

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) has been amended to regulate widely generated wastes previously identified as hazardous waste, but has been re-categorized by RCRA and the EPA governing body as “Universal Waste”. The change in regulation will facilitate the environmental-sound collection and increase the proper recycling or treatment of a variety of waste types. DGS – Environmental Health and Safety will focus primarily on mercury containing “Lamps,” and will address the collection of other waste (i.e. batteries, pesticides, mercury containing switches, or small electronics, etc.) on an as needed basis. Below are suggested procedures for the proper disposal of “Universal Lamps” and material related to the function of lamps (i.e. electronic ballast) that may produce health hazards such as child development impairment, disruption of the nervous system, damage to brain functions and various types of cancers.