Universal Waste Regulations - U.S. EPA’s universal waste regulations streamline the hazardous waste management standards for certain categories of hazardous waste that are commonly generated by a wide variety of establishments. The federal regulations identify four specific categories of materials that can be managed as universal wastes: batteries; pesticides; mercury-containing equipment; and lamps. In December 2017, Ohio EPA expanded the universal waste categories by adopting rules allowing hazardous non-empty aerosol containers, hazardous antifreeze, hazardous paint and hazardous paint-related wastes to also be classified and managed as a universal waste in Ohio. The streamlined regulations promote the collection and recycling, ease the regulatory burden and encourage the development of programs to reduce the amount going to municipal solid waste landfills or combustors. For more information, see Ohio EPA’s Ohio Specific Universal Waste guidance document and Universal Waste Rule Update webinar available on Ohio EPA’s Customer Support Center.
Asset Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities - Asset management is a process used to ensure that planned maintenance is conducted and capital assets (pumps, motors, pipes, etc.) can be repaired, replaced or upgraded as needed and that there is enough money to pay for it.