The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) has specific requirements for the collection and management of universal waste. These requirements can be found in 310 CMR 30.1000, the Standards for Universal Waste Management.
What is Universal waste? Universal waste includes:
- Hazardous batteries (e.g., nickel cadmium, button batteries); note that alkaline batteries are not considered universal waste, but can still be collected for disposal through the waste hauler or a battery recycling vendor
- Mercury-containing devices such as thermostats, thermometers, and gauges
- Mercury-containing lamps such as fluorescent lamps and bulbs
- Hazardous pesticides
When collecting universal waste, it’s important to dedicate a universal waste accumulation area that is clearly segregated and signed. If the universal waste accumulation area and main accumulation area for hazardous waste are located within the same room, be sure to clearly define and sign the areas as separate accumulation areas.
All universal waste containers must be labeled with the contents and the words universal […]