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The universal waste regulations streamline hazardous waste management standards for specific, federally designated wastes. The rule is designed to reduce the amount of hazardous waste items to landfills, to encourage recycling and proper disposal of certain common hazardous wastes, and to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses that generate these wastes.
In Wisconsin, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), enforces the state’s solid and hazardous laws, which includes the regulation of universal wastes.
The federal regulations identify five specific categories of materials that can be managed as universal wastes: batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, lamps, and non-empty aerosol cans. The part 273 regulations define the type of materials that fall under the universal waste categories and specify in what situations that material can be considered a universal waste.
Wisconsin allows the following wastes to be regulated as universal wastes: batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment (thermostats), lamps, and antifreeze.
Used antifreeze recycling methods involve two steps:
Antifreeze can be recycled by any of the following: