Universal Waste Regulation

Waste regulation varies across states. Refer to the links below to see state-specific regulations.

What Are Universal Wastes?

What is universal waste? According to the EPA Website:

EPA’s universal waste regulations streamline the hazardous waste management standards for certain categories of hazardous waste that are commonly generated by a wide variety of establishments.

Visit the EPA’s page about Universal Waste to learn more.

Federal Universal Waste

Federal universal waste categories are:

  • batteries
  • pesticides
  • mercury-containing equipment
  • mercury lamps

State-Specific Universal Waste Regulations

Not all states have the same regulations for Universal Waste.

The universal waste regulations can vary between states and states can add different types of wastes.

The following map shows states that have universal waste regulations and which of those states have added different waste categories (in green).