Universal Waste Recycling

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What IS UNIVERSAL WASTE?

Universal waste is a category of waste materials designated as "hazardous waste", but containing materials that are very common. It is defined in 40 C.F.R. 273.9, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency but states may also have corollary regulations regarding these materials. - wikipedia.com

UNIVERSAL WASTE RULES

The Universal Waste Rule, published in 1995, was enacted by the United States government for three main reasons:

  • To encourage resource conservation while ensuring adequate protection of human health and the environment;
  • To facilitate compliance with the regulations governing universal waste by making the regulations easy to understand;
  • To divert universal wastes from the municipal waste stream.

WASTE ITEMS DEFINED AS UNIVERSAL WASTE

  • Lamps: U-Bend, Compact, Circular, Shatter-shield, Built-in Ballast, Crushed or Broken bulbs. HID’s: Metal Halide, Mercury Vapor, High Pressure Sodium
  • Batteries: Alkaline, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Cadmium, Lead Acid, Mercury Oxide, Silver Oxide, Lithium
  • Mercury Devices: Manometers, Relays, Mercury Switches, Thermostats, Thermometers. Debris: Broken Mercury items, Mercury cleanup kits, contaminated linens or flooring, etc. and Liquid Mercury
  • Aerosols: Spray Paints, Air Fresheners, Spray Foam Insulation, Oven Cleaners, Insecticide Sprays, Spray lubricants
  • TRC accepts many more waste types, look at the full list to the right of this page, or read about all our recycling and environmental services.

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ITEMS ACCEPTED BY TRC

  • fluorescent & HID lamps
  • mercury devices & debris
  • electronic equipment
  • computers
  • batteries
  • pcb & non-pcb ballasts
  • pcb soil & debris
  • capacitors
  • transformers
  • appliances
  • aerosols *MN Only as Universal Waste
  • chemicals & poisons
  • hazardous wastes
  • paints & solvents
  • laboratory wastes
  • chemotherapy wastes
  • flammable aerosols
  • toxic liquid & solids
  • oils & filers
  • absorbents
  • coolants
  • cleaners & detergents
  • lab packs
  • RecyclePak pre-paid recycling services
  • pre-demolition regulated waste removal
  • testing, education & training