Utah Universal Wastes regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah Universal Wastes: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Universal waste rule: Utah Administrative Rules (R) 315-273-1 to R315-273-81

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Definition: R315-273-6(a) and R315-273-9(c)

Management: R315-273-13(e) and R315-273-33(e)

Labeling: R315-273-13(f) and R315-273-34(f)

Aerosol cans:

Definition: R315-273-6(b) and R315-273-9(a)

Management: R315-273-13(f)(1) to (2) and R315-273-33(f)(1) to 315-273-33(f)(2)

Labeling: R315-273-14(g) and R315-273-34(g)

Puncturing cans: R315-273-13(f)(3), R315-273-13(f)(4), R315-273-33(f)(3), and R315-273-33(f)(4)

Drum-top lamp crushers:

Definition: R315-273-9(f)

Procedures: R315-273-13(f)(3) and R315-273-33(f)(3)

Regulatory Agency

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Hazardous Waste Management Program

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Utah follows the federal regulations for managing universal wastes. In 2016, Utah added both antifreeze and aerosol cans to its list of universal wastes as well as a procedure for small quantity handlers of universal waste (SQHUW) and large quantity handlers of universal waste (LQHUW) to register with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) to use a drum-top lamp crusher.

In addition, Utah's adoption of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, effective in Utah as of August 31, 2017, affected the state's universal waste requirements primarily by changing the name of the smallest class of hazardous waste generator to "very small quantity generator (VSQG)."

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control administers and enforces the universal waste rule in ...

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