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1 1 What is a Universal Waste?

2 2 Universal Waste is universally generated.

3 3 Universal Waste but low risk relative to other hazardous wastes. is a hazardous waste

4 4 Goals of Universal Waste Rule Promote the environmentally sound collection and recycling of universal waste Provide for collection opportunities for communities and businesses

5 5 Types of NH Universal Waste Auto antifreeze Batteries Cathode ray tubes Lamps Mercury containing devices Pesticides

6 6 Waste fluorescent light bulbs typically contain enough mercury to meet the criteria of hazardous waste.

7 7 OTHER TYPES OF UNIVERSAL WASTE LAMPS (High intensity discharge (HID) lamps may also exceed the toxicity characteristic for mercury) Mercury vapor High pressure sodium Metal halide lamps

8 8 Universal Waste Lamps (fluorescent light bulbs) Store in sound container(s) that are closed except when adding or removing lamps.

9 9 Universal Waste Lamps (fluorescent light bulbs) Hazardous waste permit required for universal waste lamp crushers.

10 10 Mercury containing devices EXAMPLES: Thermostats Thermometers Switches Relays

11 11 BATTERIES Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) Lithium Button cellLead-acid

12 12 LEAD ACID BATTERIES May be managed under Env-Wm 809 or the Universal Waste Rule (Env-Wm 1100)

13 13 Alkaline and Carbon Zinc Non-hazardous In 1996, federal law is adopted (Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Act) that prohibits addition of mercury to batteries (except for button cells).

14 14 Storage Plastic bags Tape terminals Discharge Stack batteries so that electrodes are not touching

15 15 Used automotive antifreeze is considered hazardous waste unless testing shows otherwise.

16 16 Through use antifreeze becomes contaminated.

17 17 Universal Waste Antifreeze Do not mix with other wastes or materials. Use dedicated funnels and containers.

18 18 UNIVERSAL WASTE ANTIFREEZE RECYCLING

19 19 The cathode ray tubes (CRTs) in color TVs and computer monitors contain lead.

20 20 Some pesticides are considered universal waste (e.g. suspended and/or recalled pesticides under FIFRA)

21 21 Manage universal waste in a way that prevents releases to the environment. UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

22 Universal waste containers must be free of defects, design characteristics, or damage that could result in leakage, spillage or other environmental releases. Universal Waste Antifreeze

23 23

24 24 Label or mark containers. UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS Waste Antifreeze Used Batteries Universal Waste Lamps Batteries Lamps

25 25

26 26 Cover universal waste containers stored outdoors. UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

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28 28 Train employees on proper handling (in-house training okay). UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

29 29 Immediately contain and, within 24 hours, clean up any releases of universal waste. UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

30 30 Do not store for more than one year. UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

31 31 If 5,000 kgs (11,000 lbs) or more (total of all types of universal waste) stored on-site – must notify NH DES and keep shipping records. UNIVERSAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STANDARDS

32 32 Follow US DOT requirements when shipping. UNIVERSAL WASTE TRANSPORTATION NH hazardous waste transporter registration and manifest not required.

33 33 The destination facility must be a hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal or recycling facility. UNIVERSAL WASTE DESTINATION FACILITIES

34 34 IN SUMMARY - TYPES OF NH UNIVERSAL WASTE Auto antifreeze Batteries Cathode ray tubes Lamps Mercury-containing devices Pesticides

35 35 Sample Question #1 Question: Which the following is not an example of a universal waste battery? a. Ni-Cd battery b. Lithium battery (not fully discharged) c. Mercury-containing button cell d. Alkaline battery purchased in 2002

36 36 Sample Question #2 Question: Which of the following is not a universal waste? a. Lamps b. Automotive antifreeze c. PCB lamp ballasts d. Mercury-containing devices

37 37 Sample Question #3 Question: Which of the following are requirements for universal waste ? a. Manage in a way to prevent releases to the environment b. Containers must be free of defects, design characteristics or damage c. Immediately contain, and within 24 hours, clean up releases d. All of the above

38 38 Fact Sheet and Vendor Web Sites www/des.nh.gov/uw.htm


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