"Universal Waste" is a special category of waste materials defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has specific requirements for the lawful disposal of these materials, which are commonly found.. The College has set up programs to provide for proper disposal.
Some common materials, defined by U.S. EPA as "Universal Wastes" are:
Our campus has a Battery Recycling Program, located in the Clinton Center. You may stop by the customer service desk in the Clinton center to drop off Ni-Cd and Li-ion batteries for recycling. Call EH&S for a pick-up of Lead-Acid Batteries.
Fluorescent Light Bulbs:
Spent fluorescent light bulbs are also universal waste. These bulbs cannot be thrown in the regular trash. Instead, they need to be disposed of properly in the correct containers that have been marked with the proper label for disposal. If you need these containers or labels, contact EH&S at x4038 .
Mercury (Hg) added products:
Thermostats, thermometers, medical or scientific instruments, electrical relays and switches, that contain Mercury are also universal wastes. Contact EH&S at x4038 for proper disposal.
Some products may contain small amounts of pesticides. These materials are also considered universal wastes under the EPA guidelines. Contact EH&S at 878-6128 for proper disposal.