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EPA's Universal Waste Regulations Course

EPA's Universal Waste Regulations Course

This course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This presentation covers universal waste requirements for small and large quantity handlers (40 CFR 273). Universal wastes are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. In the past, the federal rules required businesses to manage those wastes now deemed by EPA to be “universal wastes” as hazardous wastes. EPA found that the hazardous waste management rules were a “major impediment” to national collection and recycling campaigns for batteries, pesticides, and thermostats. EPA views the effect of the universal waste regulations as “easing the regulatory burden” on businesses that handle universal wastes because the rules include provisions that “streamline” the hazardous waste requirements.

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