Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Hazardous Waste Program
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland has adopted the federal regulations for universal wastes and added regulations that allow for crushing of lamps by small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs) and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs). In addition, the state manages lamp ballasts containing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) under the universal waste rules.
• Administration and enforcement. MDE's Land Management Administration administers and enforces the universal waste rules in Maryland.
COMAR 22.214.171.124(B)(3) and COMAR 126.96.36.199(D)
SQHUWs and LQHUWs may use a device to crush lamps provided they adhere to numerous guidelines. In connection with the device used:
- The device must not cause the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit for mercury of 0.10 milligrams per cubic meter of air to be exceeded.
- The handler has documentation from the manufacturer of the device or another organization approved by MDE that demonstrates that the unit: —Is capable of achieving the ...