Excerpts from NSAM Hazardous Waste Management Plan, Sept 2013

Section 10.

Universal Waste. Universal waste is a classification of HW that has been granted less stringent waste management and storage requirements than other types of HW in order to promote more effective recycling, treatment and disposal. A universal waste label or marking is required in lieu of the usual HW label. Allowable accumulation time for universal waste is one year. All universal wastes must be turned in to the HWPM using procedures in Appendix C. (Hazardous Waste Turn-in Form)


California recognizes several classification of universal waste.

a. Batteries. Dry cell batteries, regardless of size, are considered Universal Waste. Universal Waste batteries include: lithium, mercury, nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad), nickel-metal hydride (NiNH), lead/acid gel cell, and alkaline (regular and rechargeable). Batteries of any type can be dangerous, especially if swollen, broken, leaking, or improperly vented. Certain battery types are incompatible and must be stored separately. Lead-acid automotive batteries are not considered Universal Waste and are managed as HW. Specific instructions for battery accumulation at FLC are covered in Appendix J.


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