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Universal Waste Rule



Universal wastes are items that are generated by a large number of businesses in relatively small quantities. Four hazardous wastes are identified as universal wastes under Section 273 of Delaware’s Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste. They are batteries, mercury-containing equipment, obsolete agricultural pesticides and fluorescent/high intensity discharge lamps.

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Under the regulations, Universal Wastes may have less stringent management standards, depending on the amount of wastes managed. The following are questions and answers regarding universal wastes.

Disclaimer: The information below is intended to serve as a guide to responsible waste management and does not supersede Delaware’s Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste (7 DE Admin. Code 1302). Regulations specific to Universal Wastes can be found in Part 273 of the regulations.

Universal Waste Fact Sheet



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