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New York

What You Need to Know

In New York the Department of Environmental Conservation enforces the hazardous waste regulations, including the Universal Waste Rule. If you have any questions, contact someone at Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials.

New York's Universal Waste Rule (which uses federal regulations) covers the following wastes: batteries (e.g., certain lead-acid batteries not recycled under other regulations; hazardous batteries); pesticides; mercury containing equipment (e.g., thermostats, switches); and electric lamps (e.g., fluorescent, high intensity discharge, sodium vapor, and mercury vapor). Certain other battery types (e.g. alkaline and carbon zinc cells that have been manufactured without mercury) may not be classified as hazardous wastes, and would therefore not fall under the Universal Waste Rule. However, as a matter of responsible practice, such batteries should be collected and sent to recycling facilities, rather than being landfilled.

Read the above regulations, talk to someone at the Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials and use the other resources found below to learn more about these rules. Here's what to look for and ask about:

  • Do I need to register as a universal waste handler?
  • What waste accumulation and storage requirements apply?
  • Do I need to label universal waste storage containers?
  • Where can I dispose of universal waste?
  • What waste transportation and disposal requirements apply?
  • Are there any employee training requirements?
  • Are there any tracking, reporting and recordkeeping requirements?

Contacts

Other tools, fact sheets, and resources:
Disposal Options for Fluorescent and HID Lamps in New York State Regulatory guidance for the disposal of fluorescent bulbs and ballasts.
Universal Waste Rule A plain language guide New York's Universal Waste Rule.

NY Mercury Management Website

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