Illinois Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Illinois Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rule: 35 Illinois Administrative Code (IAC) 733.101 to 733.181

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Universal waste lamps:

Definition of universal waste lamps: 35 IAC 733.105 and 35 IAC 733.109

Volume reduction of lamps: 35 IAC 733.113 (d)(3), 35 IAC 733.133(d)(3), and 35 IAC 733.151(b)

Regulatory Agency

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Bureau of Land Division of Land Pollution Control Waste Reduction and Compliance Section

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Illinois follows the federal regulations for universal wastes, including those for mercury-containing equipment. The state's universal waste provisions for lamps, however, are in some ways more stringent than their federal counterparts.

Administration and enforcement. IEPA's Division of Land Pollution Control administers and enforces the universal waste rule in Illinois.

State Requirements



35 IAC 733.105 and 35 IAC 733.109

Illinois regulates "lamps" under the state universal waste rule (35 IAC 733.105). A lamp is "the bulb or tube portion of an electric lighting device specifically designed to produce radiant energy, most often in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum." Examples of common universal waste electric lamps include, but are not limited to, fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge, neon, mercury vapor, high pressure sodium, and metal halide lamps (35 IAC 733.109).

To be managed under the universal waste rule in Illinois, as under the federal rule, the lamp must be a waste as well as a hazardous waste under 40 CFR 261. As under ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agency
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements