Virginia Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rules: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-60-273, 9 VAC 20-60-1430, 9 VAC 20-60-1495, and 9 VAC 20-60-1505

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Used lamps:

Definitions: 9 VAC 20-60-273(B)(3)(a)

Crushing used lamps: 9 VAC 20-60-273(B)(3)(b) to (c)

Regulatory Agency

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Waste Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia has adopted by reference the federal regulations for universal waste, including the 2005 provisions in connection with management of mercury-containing equipment as a universal waste. The state adds provisions for the crushing of universal waste lamps as well as requirements to the petition procedures set forth at 40 CFR 273, Subpart G.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Waste Division administers and enforces the universal waste rules in Virginia.

State Requirements



9 VAC 20-60-273(B)(3)(a)

As under the federal rules, the used lamp must be a waste as well as a hazardous waste under 40 CFR 261 to be managed under the universal waste rules. A used lamp becomes a waste in Virginia on the date that the handler permanently removes it from its fixture. An unused lamp becomes a waste on the date the handler discards it.

Crushing Used Lamps

9 VAC 20-60-273(B)(3)(b) to (c)

Handlers of mercury-containing lamps in Virginia must follow the federal waste management requirements set forth for small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUW) at 40 CFR 273.13 to 273.14 and for large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUW) at 40 CFR 273.33 to 273.34. However, unlike the federal ...

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