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What You Need to Know

In Connecticut the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection enforces the hazardous waste regulations, including the Universal Waste Rule. If you have any questions, contact someone at Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance.

Connecticut'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;
  • electric lamps (e.g., fluorescent, high intensity discharge, sodium vapor, and mercury vapor);
  • consumer electronics; and
  • thermostats.
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 Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance 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:
Universal Waste Rule This fact sheet is designed to answer general questions and provide basic information on management of universal wastes in Connecticut.
Safe and Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury-Containing Lamps Lamps removed from commercial, industrial or institutional facilities including but not limited to fluorescent, neon and mercury vapor lamps are considered universal wastes. This fact sheet outlines the applicable rules.

Universal Waste Management (Mercury)
Mercury Information for Schools/Colleges/ Universities
Dental Use of Mercury
National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program in Connecticut
Mercury Information for Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities and Healthcare Providers
Establishing a Reverse Distribution Program for Recycling Mercury-Added Lamps
Mercury Definitions
Mercury Information for the Auto Industry
Safe and Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury-Added Lamps
Mercury Information Website

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