The universal waste rules are intended to promote recycling as well as proper disposal by easing certain regulatory requirements such as waste evaluation and manifesting. When managing these wastes under the universal waste rules, a generator does not need to evaluate them, and they are not counted when determining the quantity of hazardous waste generated for the purposes of determining generator status. Furthermore, the nationally recognized universal wastes do not need to be transported on a hazardous waste manifest.

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 are typically generated by numerous businesses, ordinarily in small quantities, and they present low hazards. Currently, Ohio has four categories of universal wastes recognized nation-wide, and three additional types that are Ohio-specific universal wastes that may be managed under these reduced requirements. Lamps, suspended or Recalled Pesticides, mercury-containing devices, and batteries are recognized nationwide. Antifreeze, aerosol containers, and paint and paint-related wastes are the Ohio-specific universal wastes. The Ohio-specific universal wastes also do not require the use of a hazardous waste manifest while in Ohio. If these wastes leave the state of Ohio, the generator would need to comply with the manifesting requirements for all states these wastes would travel within.

Related Webpages

On March 25, 2021, U.S. EPA published three new webpages on end-of-life management of lithium-ion and other batteries. The webpages cover household batteries of all types and a lithium-ion battery specific page, as well as frequent questions on lithium-ion batteries. These webpages contain information on the safe disposal and recycling of lithium-ion batteries for consumers, businesses, workers, and transporters, and management recommendations for single use, rechargeable, and automotive batteries that may be found in the home.

The battery webpages were created in response to the growing number of fires reported in the waste management process. One reason why fires start in garbage trucks and recycling facilities is because consumers mistakenly place their batteries in their home recycling bins and trash cans for disposal. The webpages emphasize that lithium-ion and most other household batteries do not belong in curbside trash or recycling, and instead should be sent to specialty recyclers or household hazardous waste facilities.

Phone: (614) 644-2924

Fax: (614) 644-3146

Email Webmaster

Physical address:
Ohio EPA - DERR
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215

Mailing address:
Ohio EPA - DERR
Lazarus Government Center
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049 

     
Mathews, Mitchell Manager (614) 644-2953
Heffelfinger, Tammy Supervisor (614) 644-2954
Ferron, Peter Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5367
Kabelen, Zak Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 441-0262
Shipley, Kristie Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5363
     
Get to the
Right Person Faster
 
Notify us about
Non-emergency Issues
 
 800-282-9378