The universal waste rules were designed to promote recycling and simplify disposal for certain types of commonly generated hazardous waste. The universal waste rules reduce the regulatory burden in managing certain types of hazardous wastes without
compromising human health and environmental protections. When managing waste under the universal waste rules, a generator can presume the waste is a hazardous waste and manage it to meet all of the universal waste requirements.
Universal waste spill and cleanup materials are not eligible for management as a universal waste. The weight of the spill and clean-up materials must be included when making a site’s monthly generator category determination.
For universal waste spills and cleanup materials, please refer to the UM-Dearborn Emergency Response Plan under “Hazardous Waste”. Immediately report any activities or conditions that may violate these policies or guidelines to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Public Safety at 313-593-5333 (if it is an emergency) or EHS at 313-583-6692.