Universal wastes are common hazardous waste that include such wastes as batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and fluorescent lamps. Pennsylvania also regulated oil-based finishes and photographic solutions as universal waste. These waste are subject to streamlined regulation under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). These waste should be properly collected, stored and managed through the University’s Chemical Waste Management Program to ensure regulatory compliance and divert these waste from landfills.
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Individuals may submit chemical waste disposal request to Environmental Health and Radiation Safety
This online manual is a written plan to address how the University manages all chemical waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) generated from university laboratories, support services and operations to ensure disposal is done in compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.