Universal Waste Glossary

  • “Universal Waste” or “U-waste” is hazardous waste that is common to all businesses and households and poses a lower risk to people and the environment than other hazardous wastes. Federal and State regulations allow universal wastes to be handled and disposed with less stringent standards than other hazardous wastes.
  • “Electronic Waste” or “E-waste” applies to many different electronic items and is not necessarily synonymous with universal waste.
  • “Household Hazardous Waste” or “HHW” may include universal waste (U-waste), electronic waste (E-waste) and/or other wastes generated by residential households