The universal waste rules are intended to promote recycling as well as proper disposal by easing certain regulatory requirements.
Universal wastes are specific hazardous waste streams that a generator can choose to manage in an alternative manner in place of the more complex hazardous waste requirements. These wastes typically are generated by numerous businesses and in the home. They usually are generated in small quantities and present low hazards. Currently, Ohio has four categories of universal waste that may be managed under these reduced requirements they are: lamps; suspended or Recalled Pesticides; mercury-containing devices; and batteries.
Homeowners and conditionally exempt small quantity generator wastes can be managed as universal waste or under their respective exemptions when they are kept segregated from other regulated wastes. If these wastes are mixed with universal wastes they must be managed as universal wastes.