The State of Connecticut has adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule governing the management of certain hazardous wastes. Although still considered "hazardous," these items are used everywhere, and applying the rigorous EPA hazardous waste rules would not be practical. This "Universal Waste" rule provides for reduced management and record keeping requirements regarding these common hazardous waste streams.
Universal Waste Management Requirements
- Connecticut College cannot accumulate and store on-site more than 10,000 lbs. of Universal Waste.
- Universal Wastes cannot be stored on-site longer than 365 days.
- Universal Wastes must be stored in a manner that protects them from the elements.
- Labels clearly marked with the words "Universal Waste" must be affixed to the storage container, (Plastic pail, cardboard barrel, Gaylord box, etc.), or to individual batteries or electronic component placed in storage. The date of disposal must be annotated on the label, which starts the 365 day clock. (This label will be affixed at the waste storage area.)
In Connecticut, there are five categories of Universal Waste:
- Used Electronics - Computers, monitors, televisions, keyboards, printers, cell phones, calculators, etc. (Anything that has a circuit board or a CRT.) Electronic equipment contains lead, mercury, cadmium, silver and many other hazardous components.
- Fluorescent Lamps, Bulbs and Ballasts - Includes all mercury containing lamps, such as high pressure sodium, mercury vapor and metal halide.)
- Thermostats - Contains a mercury switch.
- Unused Pesticides
- Batteries - Rechargeable batteries, and some non-rechargeable, contain hazardous components, including lead, nickel, silver, lithium or mercury. Lead acid batteries also contain sulfuric acid.)
If you need to discard any of these items, please DO NOT throw it into the regular trash!
To make it easier for the campus community to properly dispose some of these items, the student run "Energy Conservation Organization" (ECO) has set up "E-Cycle" bins at several locations around campus:
- Harris Dinning Hall, Front Vestibule
- Crozier-Williams Student Center, Post Office
- Shain Library, Front Vestibule
- Cummings Art Center, (Main Level (2nd Floor Hallway), Near Elevator
Periodically, student employees in the Office of Sustainability will safely transport regulated items to the Service Building Stockroom, to be sorted into the appropriate waste stream for disposal.
Below are the procedures for managing and disposing of Universal Waste, and other commonly discarded items at Connecticut College. Detailed descriptions and identification information can be found in the Universal and Household Hazardous Waste Management Guide.
Batteries - Refer to the Universal and Household Hazardous Waste Management Guide for help in identifying the various types of batteries.
(NOTE: Unprotected battery terminals pose a risk of short circuiting and causing fires. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a Battery Safety Compliance Advisory on this issue.)
Used Electronics (“E-Waste”)
Universal Waste Spill Procedures
Fluorescent Lamps and CFL's:
Mercury Containing Devices