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Environmental Fact Sheet Universal Waste Universal wastes are wastes that meet hazardous waste criteria but, because they pose a relatively low-risk compared to other hazardous wastes and are generated by a wide variety and large number of businesses, are exempt from regulation as hazardous waste. Although universal wastes are exempt from the hazardous waste regulations of Subchapters 1 through 7 of the Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations (VHWMR), they still must be managed according to the Subchapter 9 Universal Waste Management Standards. Wastes that can be managed as universal waste in Vermont include: batteries, certain pesticides, mercury thermostats, PCB-containing fluorescent light ballasts, lamps (e.g., fluorescent bulbs) , mercury-containing devices (e.g., mercury switches), and cathode ray tubes (e.g., color computer monitors and TV screens). In general, the Universal Waste Management Standards include requirements that apply to small and large quantity “handlers” of universal waste (including specific management standards for each category of universal waste), “universal waste transporters,” and “destination facilities.” However, since the vast majority of the Vermont businesses that manage universal waste fall into the “small quantity handler” category, this fact sheet focuses primarily on those requirements.
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