Creating dedicated space(s) and following storage and labeling requirements is an important part of a facility’s universal waste management. Taking the time to implement streamlined universal waste collection saves time and prevents potential fines for improper disposal. Additionally, it helps protect the environment from any of the hazardous materials found in these common items.
The Basics for Universal Waste Management
- Train employees in proper universal waste handling – your organization must document this training.
- Have available leak-proof containers with lids and non-metal containers for batteries and bulbs.
- Know how to correctly label and date what is in each container by indicating what is inside and when the first item was placed by recording the date.
- Remove universal waste from the facility for recycling no later than 1 year after the first item was placed in the container – MERI can help you with this!
INCLUDES: Thermostats, Barometers, Mercury Switches, Old Silver Thermometers, and Mercury-Containing Devices
LABEL: “Waste Mercury-Containing Equipment” and place in a non-metal container
INCLUDES: Antifreeze that is not mixed with any other chemicals
LABEL: “Used Antifreeze” and place in a non-metal container
INCLUDES: Pesticides that are recalled, banned, unused or leftover in a spray tank
LABEL: “Waste Pesticides” and leave original product label on each container