Alabama Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Standards for universal waste management: Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-14-11

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Volume reduction of lamps: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-8-.01(1)(c)2.(x) and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-11-.01(5)(b)2

Regulatory Agency

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Land Division Industrial Hazardous Waste Branch Compliance & Enforcement Section

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Alabama follows the federal universal waste rules and has state provisions for the volume reduction (the "crushing") of lamps that are not included in federal regulations. In addition, the state's adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Alabama as of April 6, 2018, affected the state's universal waste requirements primarily by changing the name of the smallest class of hazardous waste generator to "very small quantity generator" (VSQG).

Administration and enforcement. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management's (ADEM) Industrial Hazardous Waste Branch administers and enforces the universal waste rules in Alabama.

State Requirements


Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-8-.01(1)(c)2.(x) and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-11-.01(5)(b)2

Volume reduction procedures. Alabama allows, as an exclusion from its hazardous waste permit requirements, the treatment of on-site generated hazardous wastes in tanks or containers by physical or mechanical processes solely for the purpose of reducing the bulk volume of the waste, which must be subsequently managed as a hazardous waste. The permit exclusion gives "crushing fluorescent lamps" as an ...

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