Universal wastes are hazardous wastes that are generated by a wide variety of people. It contains mercury, lead, cadmium, copper and other substances hazardous to human and environmental health. In general, universal waste may not be discarded in solid waste landfills.
Examples of these wastes are batteries, fluorescent tubes, and some electronic devices.
The best way to reduce the harmful effects of the universal wastes on human health and the environment is to reduce consumption. The next best thing is to make sure you DON’T throw them in the trash!
The processing of used material (waste) into useful products
- Fluorescent lights
- Hazardous batteries
- Mercury containing equipment
Special waste is any waste material which, because its physical characteristics, chemical makeup, or biological nature requires either special handling procedures and permitting, or poses an unusual threat to human health, equipment, property, or the environment.
- Used oil
- Oil filters / rags
- Used tires