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Universal Waste Management

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) regulates Universal Waste, which includes hazardous batteries, mercury containing devices such as thermometers, mercury containing lamps, and pesticides. Be sure that your facility is properly collecting, storing, and disposing of universal waste streams.

When collecting universal waste, be sure 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 waste. Containers should be labeled with the date that accumulation began, and must be disposed of within one year.

Be sure to double-check the universal waste collection practices being followed at your facility to ensure compliance with MA DEP regulations.

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