Universal waste lamps are hazardous waste lamps that contain mercury. Examples of common universal waste lamps generated at Shepherd University include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fluorescent (tubes, compacts, u-bends and circulars)
- High intensity discharge (HID)
- Mercury vapor
- High pressure sodium
- Low pressure sodium
- Metal halide
Incandescent and LED bulbs are not subject to the hazardous waste regulations and may be thrown into the regular garbage.
Universal waste lamps must be containerized and labeled appropriately once generated and may not be stored on campus for longer than one year. Certain Facilities Management staff are generally responsible for replacing spent bulbs in buildings and play a critical role in the proper management of the majority of spent bulbs generated on campus. Faculty and staff that generate spent lamps as part of their job must should be trained on proper management. If you generate universal waste lamps, please contact Dustin Robbins to set up training.