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10/23/2020

Final Rule Alert: Cal DTSC Adds New Universal Waste to State Program

Cal DTSC added photovoltaic modules, better known as solar panels, to the State universal waste program to facilitate proper management, recycling, and disposal. The Final Rule takes effect on Jan. 1, 2021. 

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In 1995, US EPA passed the Universal Waste Rule, which created relaxed standards for managing common hazardous wastes like light bulbs, batteries, mercury-containing equipment, and more. While universal wastes are subject to less stringent regulations than “fully-regulated” hazardous wastes, there are still rules to follow to manage them properly. Use this guide to spot and correct common universal waste errors before they result in a notice of violation during a Federal or State inspection.

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4 Common Universal Waste Mistakes