What is Universal Waste?
Universal Waste is generated universally, by several sectors of society and by so many different types of business; hence the name “Universal Waste” The EPA discovered that these wastes actually contain harmful chemicals and were polluting the environment. The EPA determined that these wastes should not be disposed of in the general trash, at landfills, or in any other manner that would introduce them into the environment. It was also determined that since so many businesses generate Universal Waste (including the multifamily industry), there needed to be some regulatory relief regarding the management of these wastes. Therefore, if businesses manage these wastes as Universal Wastes, they do not have to manage them as a hazardous waste.