The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and many state environmental departments, have rules regulating universal waste management. These regulations are put in place to encourage and promote the recycling of items like fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and more. 

What is Universal Waste?

Universal waste is a category of hazardous wastes that are made up of materials that are commonly found in businesses and households. Universal waste includes:

  • Batteries
    • Lead Acid Batteries 
    • Nickel Cadmium (“Ni-Cad”) Batteries 
    • Mercuric Oxide Batteries 
    • Lithium Batteries
  • Mercury-Containing Devices
    • Thermostats 
    • Thermometers 
    • Switches
  • Lightbulbs 
    • Straight Fluorescents Lamps 
    • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)
    • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs
    • Neon Bulbs 
    • Ultra Violet Lamps
    • Metal Halide Lamps 
    • High-Pressure Sodium Lamps 
    • Mercury Vapor Bulbs
  • Lamp Ballasts containing PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)
  • Electronic Devices (E-Waste)
    • Flat Panel Displays 
    • Computers 
    • CRT’s (Cathode Ray Tubes)
    • Small Electronics

Universal Waste Disposal

At MLi Environmental, we properly identify all types of universal waste. We ensure that they are managed under state and federal requirements, and taken to approved disposal facilities. A certificate of recycling is provided after your waste is recycled or destroyed, meeting regulatory requirements. For more information about our universal waste management services, please request a quote.