Carnegie Mellon University

Universal Waste

Universal wastes are common hazardous wastes that include such wastes as batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and fluorescent lamps. Pennsylvania also regulates oil-based finishes and photographic solutions as universal waste. These wastes are subject to streamlined regulation under the EPA and PADEP. These wastes should be properly collected, stored, and managed through the University’s Hazardous Waste Program to ensure regulatory compliance and divert these wastes from landfills.