Tennessee Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rule: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-12-01-.12

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Tracking waste shipments: Rule 0400-12-01-.12(2)(j) and Rule 0400-12-01-.12(3)(j)

Labeling lamps: Rule 0400-12-01-.12(2)(5) and Rule 0400-12-01-.12(3)(5)

Universal waste lamp volume reduction standards:

Handler management standards: Rule 0400-12-01-.12(2)(d)4(ii), Rule 0400-12-01-.12(3)(d)4(ii), and Rule 0400-12-01-.12(8)(c)

Labeling: Rule 0400-12-01-.12(8)(d)

Permit-by-rule standards for volume reduction of lamps: Rule 0400-12-01-.07(1)(c)1(iv) and Rule 0400-12-01-.07(1)(c)2

Crushing prohibitions: Rule 0400-12-01-.12(8)(b)

Accumulation of crushed lamps: Rule 0400-12-01-.12(8)(e)

Annual maintenance fee: Rule 0400-12-01-.08(4)(c)

Regulatory Agency

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.

State Requirements


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