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Universal waste

Universal waste is a special category of hazardous waste that is widely and commonly produced by households and businesses.

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Proper recycling keeps communities safe

Universal waste is a classification of hazardous waste used to incentivize businesses and homeowners to recycle potentially dangerous materials—and nearly every industry and residence creates it. It’s important to recycle universal waste, which includes everyday items like fluorescent lightbulbs and batteries, because improper disposal can have seriously harmful effects on the environment.

  • The five major types of universal waste are batteries, pesticides, equipment containing mercury, lamps, and aerosol cans
  • Just a quarter of a teaspoon of mercury can contaminate all the fish in a 20-acre lake
  • Most electronics, as well as cathode ray tubes from old TVs and computers, are considered universal waste
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