Management of universal waste in Wisconsin
To encourage and facilitate recycling, Wisconsin's universal waste regulations reduce the burden of hazardous waste management standards for recordkeeping and by allowing longer storage periods for these wastes. Universal waste regulations govern the collection and management of these commonly generated wastes.
Materials classified as universal waste
Materials classified as universal waste in Wisconsin includes:
- hazardous waste batteries, such as lithium, nickel-cadmium, silver oxide and lead-acid;
- hazardous waste pesticides that are either recalled or collected in waste pesticide collection programs;
- thermometers and mercury-containing equipment;
- hazardous waste lamps, such as fluorescent bulbs; and
- antifreeze, which is a Wisconsin-specific universal waste if it is recycled.
Wisconsin's universal waste rules affect businesses and institutions generating or storing universal wastes, transporters and destination facilities (recycling facilities or hazardous waste management facilities).
- Wisconsin universal waste rules, ch. NR 673, Wis. Adm. Code
- Management of universal wastes in Wisconsin (WA-742)
- DNR Universal Waste Assessment Form
- DNR Universal Waste Handler Inspection Report - Small Quantity Handler
- Lists of licensed waste transporters
More details on specific waste types can be found here:
- Information on proper management of used batteries
- Information on proper management of used light bulbs (lamps)
- Used Oil Management (WA-233)
- Managing Used Antifreeze (WA-356)
Collect, store and transport universal waste to ensure safety
The handouts and video below outline best management practices for collection sites accepting universal waste, or businesses and institutions collecting their own universal waste onsite.
- How to Handle Universal Waste poster (WA-1798)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Antifreeze (WA-1808)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Batteries (WA-1809)
- U.S. Department of Transportation information on safe battery transportation requirements
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Lamps (WA-1810)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Mercury-containing Equipment (WA-1811)
- How to Handle Universal Waste: Pesticides (WA-1812)
- Collector Best Management Practices: Universal Waste and Used Oil (WA-1736)