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

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.

In addition, Illinois's adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Illinois as of November 19, 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 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (IEPA) 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. A lamp is defined as "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, ...

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