Manage Universal Waste
Certain types of dangerous waste can be handled under the simplified Universal Waste (UW) rules. UW management allows much easier waste management than regular dangerous waste requirements. Here in Washington state, three categories of waste can be managed as UW:
NOTE: Although pesticides are a Universal Waste under federal regulations, Washington State does not include them as a category of Universal Waste. Waste pesticides remain subject to the designation and full management requirements of the Dangerous Waste Rules. Also, wastes classified as UW in Washington State may have to be managed as hazardous waste in other states.
Storing and Labeling Universal Wastes
Universal Wastes must be carefully stored to prevent breakage and release of toxic constituents to the environment. For example, lamps must be stored in closed cardboard containers to prevent breakage, and stored indoors. UW must be sent to a facility equipped and permitted to handle and recycle it.
UW items or containers must have a label indicating the type of UW. The rules provide several alternatives that can be used to identify UW. For example, you can use either "Universal Waste Battery," "Waste Battery," or "Used Battery."
A Universal Waste handler must track how long their UW has been accumulated to avoid exceeding the one year storage requirement. Allowable methods include:
Recycling and Disposing of Universal Wastes
Universal wastes go to UW destination facilities that are permitted to treat, dispose, or recycle UW. Universal Waste handlers can self-transport to other UW handlers or to a destination facility without use of a dangerous waste manifest. See each waste type for more detail on disposal and recycling options and transportation requirements.
Large Quantity Handlers of Universal Wastes
A UW handler exceeding 11,000 pounds of total universal waste (or 2,200 pounds for lamps) becomes a Large Quantity Handler of Universal Waste (LQHUW) and is subject to extra requirements, including:
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