Governing Law and Regulations
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Solid Waste Management 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. Tennessee has adopted the federal regulations for universal wastes, including those for the regulation of mercury-containing equipment. The state also has specific standards for crushing universal waste lamps on-site in order to reduce the volume of this waste, an annual fee for destination facilities, and additional shipment tracking requirements for small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUWs) and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUWs).
• Administration and enforcement. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) Division of Solid Waste Management administers and enforces the universal waste rule in Tennessee.