Universal Waste Management

Request a Waste PickupUniversal wastes are wastes that are commonly found in all facilities. Under Federal and FDEP hazardous waste regulations, the following hazardous wastes can be managed as “Universal Wastes”: batteries; certain pesticides; bulbs (lamps); and mercury containing equipment. Mercury containing equipment is a device that contains elemental mercury in order to function.

The following items are examples of universal wastes:

  1. Batteries
    • Alkaline
    • Mercury
    • Lead
    • Silver
    • Cadmium
    • All rechargeable batteries except lithium
  2. Lamps
    • Fluorescent
    • High-intensity discharge
    • Incandescent
    • Mercury vapor (germicidal bulbs, horticultural grow lamps)
    • Sodium lamps
      • If the lamp is broken it is considered hazardous waste
  3. Mercury Containing Devices (MCDs)
    • Heating and air conditioning thermostat
    • Tilt switches (used in light switches)
    • Pressure gauges
    • Thermometers, manometers
      • Ex; If a thermometer breaks and mercury spills, then it is considered hazardous waste. Please refer to the Hazardous Waste page.
  4. Pesticides
    • Suspended or cancelled
    • Recalled

The most common Universal Wastes on campus are batteries and lamps. Spent batteries and lamps should be kept intact for disposal. If you have any questions regarding what is considered Universal Waste or how to properly dispose of something please contact us at Hazwaste@fit.edu.