Environmental Management

Waste Management

Universal Waste

Some waste materials meet the definition of hazardous waste, but the regulating agencies have provided some exemptions for their management to make it easier for the thousands of small waste generators to comply and try to keep more of the waste out of the landfills. One of the biggest of these exemptions for IUB is the Universal Waste exemption.

Hazardous waste managed by generators under the Universal Waste exemption is re-classified as “universal waste”, given an extra nine months of storage time prior to offsite disposal, and subjected to reduced paperwork and recordkeeping requirements. In return for these reduced burdens, generators must comply with a few rules for accumulation depending on the type of waste being collected.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Used Batteries

Mercury Containing Equipment

Pesticides - Hazardous pesticides can be managed as Universal Waste, but EHS has chosen not to use this exemption for pesticides because it does not have any significant effect on the University’s regulatory burden or costs.

See section 6.5 of the Non-Research Waste Management Guide for instructions on how to manage hazardous pesticides.

Some pesticides are non-hazardous such as dormant oils and insecticidal soaps. See section 6.7 of the Non-Research Waste Management Guide for information on how they should be managed.