Used Oil and Aerosol Cans
These are items that could be considered hazardous waste, but the EPA has created a special category for them since they are generated universally by most businesses, factories and colleges.
Items that are considered Universal Waste:
- Spent Batteries
- Including lead acid, lithium, nickel-cadmium, nickel chemistry, silver chemistry
- Used Lamps
- Including fluorescent, sodium, neon, high intensity discharge, metal halide
- Mercury switches from thermostats
The requirements for Universal Wastes are similar to hazardous waste rules:
- UW must be placed in structurally sound and compatible containers
- UW must be labeled with the words "Universal Waste," a description of the waste, and the date of first collection
- Examples include: "Universal Waste - Batteries - 6/28/11"
- Collection period must never exceed one year
- UW containers must be closed at all times, except when adding waste to the container
- Submit for disposal (to the CHO) before collection has exceeded one year
Please contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer or Maintenance for containers, labels, UW collection, or if you have a container that is full.
Used Oil - Waste oil is generated in many departments on Campus (in vacuum pumps, cutting devices, engines, etc). The rules for used oil are very similar to UW.
- Collect used oil in structurally sound and compatible containers
- Label, at a minimum, with the words "USED OIL" and the date of generation
- Submit for recycling (to the CHO) before collection has exceeded one year
Aerosol Cans - While these are not Universal waste, they still need to be managed properly. Please contact Earlham Maintenance if you have an aerosol can for disposal. Earlham maintenance has a puncture device that depressurizes the can and absorbs any release from the can making it non-hazardous for recycling.