Universal Waste

MSU’s Universal Waste Management Program is focused on the proper handling and recycling of universal waste while still safeguarding the environment.

Universal wastes are common, everyday items with a hazardous component. They include items such as: batteries, mercury-containing devices, certain pesticides, pharmaceuticals and lamps. Universal wastes are generated from a wide variety of settings, including laboratories; support services buildings, and medical facilities.

Although handlers of universal wastes meet less stringent standards for storing, transporting, and collecting wastes, the wastes must comply with full hazardous waste requirements for final recycling, treatment, or disposal. This approach helps to remove these wastes from municipal landfills and incinerators, providing stronger safeguards for public health and the environment.