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 (200 kb, pdf)

Training Requirements

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.

Employees whose responsibilities include universal waste must review the Universal Waste Training (1 mb, ppt)

Training will include the following:

  • Background and Policy Information
  • Waste Accumulation / Handling Procedures
  • Waste Handler Status
  • Shipping Policy
  • Waste Labeling Requirements
  • Response to Release Procedure
  • University Procedures for Specific Universal Wastes

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.