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What You Need to Know

In Vermont the Agency of Natural Resources enforces the hazardous waste regulations, including the Universal Waste Rule. If you have any questions, contact someone at Division of Land Protection and Revitalization.

Vermont's Universal Waste Rule (which uses federal regulations) covers the following wastes: batteries (e.g., certain lead-acid batteries not recycled under other regulations; button silver-oxide and zinc-air; and 9-volt, C, AA, coin, and button rechargeable lithium); pesticides; mercury containing devices (e.g., thermostats, switches); electric lamps (e.g., fluorescent, high intensity discharge, sodium vapor, and mercury vapor); and intact non-leaking PCB lighting ballasts. 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 Land Protection and Revitalization 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?

Other tools, fact sheets, and resources:
Waste Mercury-Added Devices: Handling and Disposal Guidelines Regulatory guidance for the disposal of mercury-containing devices.
Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Regulatory guidance for the disposal of fluorescent bulbs and ballasts.

VT Mercury Education and Reduction Campaign
Proper Disposal of Mercury-Containing Products
Environmental Management for Dental Offices
Disposal of Mercury-Added Thermostats
Disposal of Thermometers that Contain Mercury
Disposal of Mercury-Containing Pressure and Other Gauges
Disposal of Mercury-Containing Switches
Disposal of Mercury-Containing Flame Sensors and Temperature Probes
Additional Mercury Resources - Publications
Environmental Best Management Practices Guidelines for Dental Offices
Dental Amalgam Management

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