Maryland Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rules: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and COMAR to

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Crushing lamps: COMAR and COMAR

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-containing lamp ballasts:

Definition: COMAR and COMAR

Management: COMAR, COMAR, and COMAR

Regulatory Agency

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Hazardous Waste Program

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland has adopted the federal regulations for universal wastes and added regulations that allow for crushing of lamps by small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs) and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs). In addition, the state manages lamp ballasts containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) under the universal waste rules.

Administration and enforcement. MDE's Land Management Administration administers and enforces the universal waste rules in Maryland.

State Requirements


Crushing Lamps


SQHUWs and LQHUWs may use a device to crush lamps provided they adhere to numerous guidelines. In connection with the device used:

  • The device must not cause the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit for mercury of 0.10 milligrams per cubic meter of air to be exceeded.
  • The handler has documentation from the manufacturer of the device or another organization approved by MDE that demonstrates that the unit: —Is capable of achieving the ...

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