Michigan Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rules: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 299.11003(1)(w), MAC r. 299.9228, and MAC r. 299.9229

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Definitions of universal waste terms: MAC r. 299.9101 to 299.9109

Lamps: MAC r. 299.9103(a), MAC r. 299.9228(1), and MAC r. 299.9228(2)

Mercury-containing universal wastes: MAC r. 299.9228(1)(c) to 299.9228(1)(f), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(h), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(i), MAC r.299.9228(4)(a), and MAC r.299.9228(5)(e)

Pharmaceuticals: MAC r. 299.9106(n), MAC r. 299.9228(1)(h), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(l), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(m), MAC r. 299.9228(4)(e), and MAC r. 299.9228(5)(f)

Consumer electronics: MAC r. 299.9102(q), MAC r. 299.9228(1)(i), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(n), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(o), MAC r. 299.9228(4)(f), MAC r. 299.9228(4)(g), and MAC r. 299.9228(5)(g)

Antifreeze: MAC r. 299.9101(t), MAC r. 299.9228(1)(j), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(p), MAC r. 299.9228(2)(q), MAC r. 299.9228(4)(h), MAC r. 299.9228(5)(h), and MAC r. 299.9228(4)(g)

Regulatory Agency

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection (OWMRP) Hazardous Waste Program Section

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan has adopted the federal universal waste management regulations, with some state variations and additions. Because Michigan adopted regulation of lamps before the federal regulation of lamps, the state universal waste lamp rules are somewhat different from their federal counterparts. This is also the case with various mercury-containing wastes that Michigan included as universal wastes before the 2005 federal adoption of "mercury-containing equipment" as universal wastes. The state has added pharmaceuticals, ...

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