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Universal waste is hazardous waste that is common or “universal” to homes and businesses and is considered household hazardous waste. Universal waste—or u-waste—can be managed safely and cost-effectively with Republic Services.
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Universal waste—as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—includes batteries of all kinds, pesticides, equipment and fluorescent light bulbs containing mercury. Growing volumes of these materials are being generated throughout the country and require appropriate handling and disposal.

Republic Services provides dependable, comprehensive and economical universal waste services for your home, for your business and for government entities. We offer dedicated programs to meet the needs of the communities where we operate, including:
  • Residential Universal Waste Solutions:
    Universal waste offerings vary by location and may include periodic scheduled pickups or community collection sites. Find your local service details for applicable regulations, schedules and charges in your area.
  • Business, Commercial and Industrial Solutions:
    Universal waste should never be disposed of as part of your regular solid waste collection. Republic Services can arrange special pickups, or provide a list of universal waste collection sites near you, to address occasional universal waste disposal for your business. If your site requires regular universal waste disposal, a Republic Services Waste Stream Advisor can work with you to design a solution to meet your specific need.

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