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EPA’s universal waste regulations streamline hazardous waste management standards for federally designated “Universal Wastes”, which include batteries, bulbs (referred to as lamps) , mercury-containing equipment, electronic equipment, pesticides. The regulations govern the collection and management of these widely generated wastes, thus facilitating environmentally sound collection and proper recycling or treatment. The regulations also ensure that the wastes subject to this system will go to appropriate treatment or recycling facilities pursuant to the full hazardous waste regulatory controls. The federal universal waste regulations are set forth in 40CFR, part 273. States can modify the universal waste rule and add additional universal waste(s) in individual state regulations so check with your state for the exact regulations that apply. In Alabama, contact Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).