Universal Waste Management

Universal wastes are wastes that are commonly found in all facilities. Under Federal (40 CFR 273 subpart B) and FDEP hazardous waste regulations, the following hazardous wastes can be managed as "Universal Wastes": batteries; certain pesticides; bulbs (lamps); and mercury containing equipment. Mercury containing equipment is a device that contains elemental mercury in order to function.

The following items are examples of universal wastes:

  1. Batteries
    • Alkaline
    • Mercury
    • Lead
    • Silver
    • Cadmium
    • Lithium
  2. Lamps
    • Fluorescent
    • High-intensity discharge
    • Incandescent
    • Mercury vapor (germicidal bulbs, horticultural grow lamps)
    • Sodium lamps
      • If the lamp is broken it is considered hazardous waste
  3. Mercury Containing Devices (MCDs)
    • Heating and air conditioning thermostat
    • Tilt switches (used in light switches)
    • Pressure gauges
    • Thermometers, manometers
  4. Pesticides
    • Suspended or cancelled
    • Recalled

The most common Universal Wastes on campus are batteries and lamps. Spent batteries and lamps should be kept intact for disposal. Batteries can either be dropped off at the east side of the machine shop or a pickup scheduled. If you have any questions regarding what is considered Universal Waste or how to properly dispose of something please feel free to contact EH&S.

Environmental Health and Safety staff oversees the universal waste program for Florida Tech, but our continued success depends on the efforts of faculty, staff and students. Please use the information provided in the right pane to educate yourself on the proper management of your waste.