US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) promulgated the final rule (40 CFR 273) for “Universal Waste” that established streamlined collection and management requirements for universal waste batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing thermostats, mercury containing fluorescent lamps, and other mercury containing equipment such as thermometers, barometers, sphygmomanometers, and light switches. Accumulation rules are similar to those for chemical waste with the following exceptions:
- The waste item or container is marked with date of the earliest item added, along with the words ―Universal Waste and the waste type (e.g. ―Universal Waste Lamps‖).
To dispose of mercury thermometers, label as a Universal Waste Mercury Thermometer, place in an appropriate container (box, ziplock bag, etc.), date, and submit as waste.
Persons removing universal wastes (e.g., changing fluorescent lamps, or rechargeable or lead acid batteries) and those handling or managing the wastes are required to have annual training in managing these wastes. Universal Waste Training Module in Reporter.
Collection and Management
A list of collection points has been designated by the University and a collection schedule has been established. Pickup locations are loading docks at the following buildings:
- Poe Hall
- Daniels Hall
- D. H. Hill Library
- Polk Hall
- Williams Hall
- Phytotron Talley Student Center
- Fountain Dining Hall
- Central Receiving Warehouse
- USDA (Ligon Street)
- College of Veterinary Medicine
Collection times will be between the hours of 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM every Friday except for Textiles (Tuesdays) and CVM (Wednesdays). Note: Scheduled picks will be canceled in the event of a Holiday, closure, or severe weather.
Areas that generate or accumulate small amounts of Universal Waste at a time (i.e. labs, departmental offices, and Athletics) should submit their waste for pick up via EHSA.
Waste Reduction and Recycling maintains a “what to do…” list that details how to recycle or properly dispose of many items at NC State.