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Universal Waste

Trusted & Trained Universal Waste Contractor

Performing demolition on commercial, industrial or institutional buildings often generates a special subset of hazardous waste, called universal waste. Proper removal and disposal of universal waste is regulated by the federal government.

The federal universal waste regulations are found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in part 273 and apply to four types of universal waste. For a comprehensive list and safe handling/disposal instructions, please visit epa.gov for more info:


Examples of batteries considered to be universal waste include those that contain nickel, cadmium, mercury and most rechargeable batteries. Exceptions include lead acid batteries and common consumer-grade batteries like AA or 9 volt. Examples include but not limited emergency lighting, exit signs, IT backup devices and rechargeable batteries.


Recalled, suspended or cancelled pesticides as defined by the EPA and unused pesticide products fall into the category of universal waste.

Mercury-Containing Equipment

Examples of items that may contain mercury like thermostats, thermometers, barometers, water treatment gauges, mercury switches and more are considered universal waste.


Examples of lamps considered to be universal waste include those that include Fluorescent, halogen, metal halide, high/low pressure sodium, mercury vapor and incandescent.

By properly identifying and disposing of universal waste we can reduce the quantity of these wastes going to solid waste landfills or polluting the environment.


Radioactive materials are used in products ranging from smoke detectors to exit lights.

Additional Waste Streams

In some US states, there are additional hazardous materials considered to be universal waste. This list includes, but is not limited to:

  • Used oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Aerosol cans
  • PCBs
  • Hydrocarbon Filters

Universal Waste Training Requirements

Employees are trained as competent persons in environmental identification and remediation. Some of the competent persons are additionally hazwoper trained. Our employees are trained in proper packaging and shipping for recycling.

Examples of Worksite Precautions and Prep

Employees wear all necessary personal protection equipment in accordance with national and state regulations. Cardinal be will evaluate the site and form the appropriate plan. No two jobs are alike and proper planning in the beginning will help identify the true scope of the project.

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