Universal Waste


Universal waste is generated in numerous places around the Notre Dame campus and is handled by university employees. Universal waste is a subcategory of hazardous waste that poses low risk to human health when handled and transported safely. It consists of batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, and lamps (light bulbs). The University recognizes that there are potential hazards associated with the use and disposal of universal waste materials.

Written Program

Universal Waste (419 kb, pdf)

Battery Recycling Program 

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A small quantity waste handler must ensure that all employees who handle or are responsible for managing universal waste are informed on the proper handling and emergency procedures appropriate to the specific universal waste(s) they handle.

Universal Waste training for operations personnel is located within the Universal waste training course that is in ComplyND. It should be assigned by supervisors to staff who handle/manage universal waste on campus.

Regulatory Information

This policy is based on the federal regulation 40 CFR part 273 and state regulation 329 IAC 3.1-16. It regulates the handling and disposal of universal waste.