Managing Universal Waste
The universal waste regulations were created for certain hazardous wastes that are widely generated. These regulations make it easier to collect this type of waste and they encourage the proper recycling or treatment of these wastes that might otherwise go into landfills.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality follows the Environmental Protection Agencies' requirements for each waste type. See the EPA Web pages for definitions and regulations for:
The TCEQ offers additional regulations for:
- paint and paint-related waste [See Title 30 Texas Administrative Code Subsection 335.262(b) or Managing Paint and Paint-Related Waste under the Universal Waste Rule (RG-370)] for more information.
- lamps or bulbs or Universal Waste Regulations for Hazardous Lamps in Texas (RG-377)] for more information.
Though the EPA includes some limited requirements in the universal waste rule, generators, recyclers, or treatment, storage, and disposal facilities aren't specifically bound to use these rules.
For more information, see The Standards for Universal Waste Management 30 TAC 335 (H))