Indiana Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Indiana Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rules: 329 Indiana Administrative Code (IAC) 3.1-1-7, 329 IAC 3.1-16-1, and 329 IAC 3.1-16-2

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State petition process to add a universal waste: 329 IAC 3.1-16-2(b)

Labeling by small quantity handlers: 329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(2) to 3.1-16-2(a)(4)

Labeling by large quantity handlers: 329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(6) to 3.1-16-2(a)(8)

Prohibitions: 329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(1) and 329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(5)

Regulatory Agency

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Land Quality Compliance and Response Branch Hazardous Waste Management Program

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Indiana incorporates by reference the federal regulations for universal waste, including those for aerosol cans. Indiana’s universal waste rule adds some requirements to the petition procedures set forth at 40 CFR 273, Subpart G; gives additional suggestions for labeling universal waste; and prohibits the intentional breaking or crushing of universal waste lamps.

Administration and enforcement. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's (IDEM) Compliance and Response Branch administers and enforces the universal waste rule in Indiana.

State Requirements


329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(2) to 3.1-16-2(a)(4)

In addition to the labeling phrases set forth at 40 CFR 273.34, Indiana allows the universal waste handler to use “other words that accurately identify” universal waste batteries, thermostats, and lamps.


329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(1) and 329 IAC 3.1-16-2(a)(5)

In addition to following the federal universal waste prohibitions, Indiana prohibits small quantity handlers of universal waste and large quantity handlers of universal ...

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