Universal Waste

Universal Waste (UW) describes specific wastes that are generated by businesses as well as unregulated households. The types of waste regulated under the Universal Waste Rule (UWR) include unused pesticides, mercury-containing thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, and spent batteries. Our goal is to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to landfills or combustors and instead treat or recycle the waste pursuant to federal regulations (40 CFR Part 273).

Universal Waste

The Universal Waste (UW) category includes batteries, such as nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) and small sealed lead-acid batteries which are found in many common items in home and business settings including electronic equipment, mobile telephones, portable computers etc. Additionally, mercury-containing products such as thermostats, are also considered UW. Thermostats can contain as much as 3 grams of liquid mercury and are commonly found in most any building. TRADEBE Treatment and Recycling LLC accepts these and other Universal Wastes at each of its locations.
Lead acid, lithium, nickel cadmium batteries, mercury batteries, magnesium, and silver oxide batteries are ok to be shipped in as universal waste as long as they are not leaking, and are marked accordingly with the words Universal Waste.  When shipping these kinds of batteries, the proper shipping name must be used followed by the words UNIVERSAL WASTE, on the label, and on the manifest.  For more information on shipping batteries, go to our Battery Packing Guidelines.

eWaste consists of discarded electronic items. Some examples would include: cell phones, computers, fax machines and printers. eWaste can contain lead, nickel, zinc, chromium, antimony and other materials that can pose a threat to human health or the environment.  TRADEBE collects, segregates, bundles and transports these wastes to appropriate recycling facilities so their constituents can be productively recycled and reused. 

The professionals at TRADEBE are uniquely qualified to handle eWaste

eWaste is a serious and growing problem. Each year, more and more computers, printers, cell phones, cameras and related peripherals will be obsolete and discarded. This huge volume would have a serious impact on dwindling landfill space. Our goal is to keep these potentially harmful wastes out of landfills.

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