Under US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulations,* fines for improperly disposing of hazardous wastes can be substantial.
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- Businesses and institutions are required by law to properly manage hazardous waste, including:
- Rechargeable batteries, including those found in electronics
- Lamps, including fluorescent light bulbs
- Mercury-containing equipment
- Electronics and computers, including monitors and servers
- Fax machines and copiers
- Cordless phones
- The business owner is responsible for properly managing all toxic materials that are used and/or stored on site as well.
- As most companies use these materials in smaller quantities, they are subject to proper environmental management through Universal Waste Regulations* of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
- Proper management ensures a safe work place and protects the environment.
- Businesses that do not comply risk liability and are likely to be out of compliance with hazardous waste regulations.
- Improper disposal can expose workers, trash collectors, and the public to mercury and other toxic materials.
- Understanding Universal Waste is a business opportunity. You can minimize hazard risk and liability while gaining competitive advantage by reassuring your customers that you are a safe and responsible business.
For more information about the laws in Virginia:
For more information about federal laws:
The USEPA defines Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)* as "household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients" including paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides. Spent fluorescent lamps or electronics are considered forms of HHW as well.
*External link. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission does not author third party sites and their reference is for educational purposes only.