Universal Waste State Resource Locator
What You Need to Know
In Virginia the Department of Environmental Quality enforces the hazardous waste regulations, including the Universal Waste Rule. If you have any questions, contact someone at Solid and Hazardous Waste Regulatory Programs.
Virginia's Universal Waste Rule (which uses federal regulations) covers the following wastes: batteries (e.g., certain lead-acid batteries not recycled under other regulations; button silver-oxide and zinc-air; and 9-volt, C, AA, coin, and button rechargeable lithium); pesticides; mercury containing devices (e.g., thermostats, switches); and electric lamps (e.g., fluorescent, high intensity discharge, sodium vapor, and mercury vapor). Certain other battery types (e.g. alkaline and carbon zinc cells that have been manufactured without mercury) may not be classified as hazardous wastes, and would therefore not fall under the Universal Waste Rule. However, as a matter of responsible practice, such batteries should be collected and sent to recycling facilities, rather than being landfilled.
Read the above regulations, talk to someone at the Solid and Hazardous Waste Regulatory Programs and use the other resources found below to learn more about these rules. Here's what to look for and ask about:
- Do I need to register as a universal waste handler?
- What waste accumulation and storage requirements apply?
- Do I need to label universal waste storage containers?
- Where can I dispose of universal waste?
- What waste transportation and disposal requirements apply?
- Are there any employee training requirements?
- Are there any tracking, reporting and recordkeeping requirements?
Other tools, fact sheets, and resources:
Fluorescent lights / mercury-containing lamps (universal waste) Regulatory guidance for the disposal of mercury-containing devices.
Mercury Switch Program Information on Virginia's mandatory Mercury Switch Program.
DEQ Regional Offices Link to DEQ's Regional Offices and additional contact lists.
VA Mercury Information Website
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