Universal Waste Management Program
| Summary: UC Irvine Universal Waste Management
Program (UWMP) provides cost-effective universal waste management
programs to assure compliance with all Federal, State and local
- Program Description
and Program Components
- Reporting Requirements
- External References
The UC Irvine Universal Waste Management Program (UWMP)
provides cost-effective universal waste management programs to assure
compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations.
The goals of the UC Irvine UWMP are to:
1.1 Develop an operational strategy for managing universal
wastes generated in teaching laboratories, research laboratories, facilities
maintenance, construction operations, and all other organizations within
UC Irvine that will:
1.1.1 Establish consensus for procedures that are practical to carry
out, efficient, and cost-effective.
1.1.2 Promote excellence in environmental stewardship among students,
laboratory employees and other workers, scientists and academic leaders.
1.2 Promote cooperation, understanding, and mutual
respect between environmental protection agencies, academic institutions,
and the scientific research community.
1.3 Develop a plan for implementing procedures for
managing universal wastes.
This program applies to all students, staff, and faculty
who in the course of their job duties, generate, accumulate, store, or
handle universal waste within UC Irvine including the contiguous campus,
North Campus, and the Research Park.
CUPA – Certified Unified Program Agency.
DTSC – Department of Toxic Substances Control.
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency.
RCRA - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
And Specific Program Components
4.1 Lab personnel and other UCI staff
4.1.1 Have general knowledge of universal waste.
4.1.2 Be able to identify unusual characteristics.
4.1.3 Identification of universal waste for subsequent handling.
4.1.4 Participate in training programs in order to gain the necessary
skills and knowledge from a safety and health perspective.
4.1.5 Follow procedures.
4.2 P.I./Lab manager
4.2.1 Convey importance of UWMP.
4.2.2 Monitor performance and make corrections.
4.2.3 Responsible for day-to-day training, or oversee day-to-day training.
4.2.4 Responsible for lab personnel getting proper training and following
4.2.5 Follow-up on audit findings.
4.3 Department Chairs/Dean
4.3.1 Responsible for ensuring that P.I.s/group are
meeting the intent under this UWMP.
4.4.1 Handle material safely after taking possession
from labs, and facilities, until final disposition.
4.4.2 Recycle/reuse as appropriate.
4.4.3 Manage regulatory compliance and internal finances for waste disposition.
4.4.4 Provide program framework for labs.
4.4.5 Provide training resources/consultative services.
4.4.6 Obtaining and maintaining an EPA identification number.
4.4.7 Universal waste manifesting.
4.4.8 Manage off-site universal waste transportation requirements.
4.4.9 Recordkeeping of the types and amounts of universal wastes generated.
4.4.10 Regulatory reporting to DTSC and CUPA.
4.4.11 Provide spill cleanup and incident mitigation services.
5. Reporting requirements
Universal waste regulations have streamlined hazardous
waste management standards for the federal and state universal wastes
including: batteries, mercury thermostats, consumer electronic
devices, cathode ray tubes, and lamps. The regulations govern
the collection and management of these widely generated wastes. This facilitates
the environmentally sound collection and increases the proper recycling
or treatment of the universal wastes mentioned above.
Universal waste regulations also ease the regulatory
burden on generators of these wastes. In addition, they also facilitate
programs developed to reduce the quantity of these wastes going to municipal
solid waste landfills or incinerators. It also assures that the wastes
subject to these regulations will go to appropriate treatment or recycling
facilities pursuant to the full hazardous waste regulatory controls.
UC Irvine is a large quantity generator (LQG) of universal
waste. The universal waste regulations impose a number of requirements
on LQGs of universal waste including:
5.1 Universal waste disposal request
5.1.1 Electroinic Waste: http://apps.adcom.uci.edu/cms/public/Purchasing/EquipmentManagement/SurplusPickupForm.pdf
5.1.2 Lamps: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/apps/waste/crtcollect.jsp
5.1.3 Batteries: http://ucirecycles.wixsite.com/proper-disposal/blank
5.1.4 All other universal waste: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/apps/waste/cwcollect.jsp
5.2 Storage time limits
5.2.1 Universal waste must be disposed within 6 months of being generated.
For more information please visit: https://www.ehs.uci.edu/programs/enviro/
Review the Universal Waste Guildelines.
5.3 Storage area security and signs
5.3.1 Requires sufficient security to prevent unauthorized
entry into universal waste storage areas.
5.4 Universal waste labeling
5.4.1 All universal waste must be appropriately labeled with the words “Universal Waste” and the accumulation start date. upon the start of accumulation.
5.5 Response to releases
5.5.1 Emergency planning must be conducted and documented
for any universal waste storage.
For more information please visit:
Click on: “Laboratory Safety Guidelines”, then “Spill Clean-up Procedures”.
5.6 Training requirements for universal waste handlers
5.6.1 Employees who handle universal waste in any capacity must be trained at a level equal with their duties.
6. Information references
6.1 Notification to the DTSC.
6.2 Submission of applicable CUPA unified program forms relevant to hazardous
7. External references
Laws and Regulations on Universal Waste Management
|Hazardous Waste Control Law (HWCL)
||Health and Safety Code § 25100-25249
|Resource Conservation and Recovery
|42 USC § 6901-6987
|Standards For Universal Waste Management
||40 CFR §273
|Requirements For Universal Waste
||22 CCR § 66261.9
|Universal Waste Regulations: Emergency
|23 CCR § 66273-66273.70
Document Initiator: Kirk Matin