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Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management

Universal Waste

Universal wastes, while still hazardous, are special categories of waste that have been created to deal with these wastes in a special manner. This may be due to lower hazard, or large quantities of a special waste, to aid in the proper handling, storage, or to facilitate proper disposal and recycling of these wastes.

Common types of Universal Wastes include:

  • Lamps (light bulbs)
  • Electronic Devices
  • Batteries
  • Non-empty Aerosol Cans
    • Empty aerosol cans on the other hand  as defined in the linked document may be discarded as solid waste, or recycled as scrap metal (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 22, § 66266.2(b)(7)).
  • Mercury Thermostats
  • Mercury Switches
  • Dental Amalgam
  • Rubber Flooring
  • Waste Mercury Gas Flow Meters
  • Drained Mercury
  • Mercury Weighted Tubing
  • Used Mercury Novelties
  • Waste Mercury Counterweights
  • Waste Mercury Gauges
  • CRT(s) (Cathode Ray Tubes - aka: glass screen Televisions)

Universal Waste Label - Print or Request From DRMS

Recycling Resources

Battery Recycling Information

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