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Connecticut Universal Waste

In Connecticut the US EPA administers the hazardous waste regulations, including the Universal Waste Rule. If you have any questions, contact someone at your EPA Regional office. The applicable regulations can be found at 40 CFR 273.

Connecticut's Universal Waste Rule (which uses federal regulations) covers the following wastes:

  • batteries (e.g., lithium, nickel-cadmium, mercury, silver-oxide, and lead-acid batteries -- unless recycled under other regulations);
  • 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.

State Battery Recycling Laws
Universal Waste Resources, Including Mercury-Containing Devices

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