Universal Waste

Universal Wastes are a subset of the Hazardous Waste regulations that require recycling for certain devices as the only EPA approved method of disposal. These devices are banned from landfill disposal. Universal Wastes are often referred to as “e-waste” which comprises the majority of products in this classification. 

Disposal Options

The Brown University Sustainability Program has information about options for disposal of universal wastes as well as other types of common household wastes.

Used Electronic Devices: Submit service request to Facilities Management to recycle or call service response at 3-7800. Used electronic devices includes but is not limited to:

Desktop and Laptop Computers Computer Peripherals Computer Monitors
Copying Machines Scanners Printers
Radios Televisions Camcorders
digital cameras Digital Picture Frames video cassette recorders ("VCR's")
Compact Disc ("CD") players Digital Video Disc ("DVD") Players MP3 players
Video Game Consoles Portable Global Positioning System ("GPS") navigation units Telephones, including cellular and portable phones
Stereos Cathode Ray Tubes or devices containing CRT’s

Mercury containing lamps or bulbs: Submit service request to Facilities Management or call service response at 3-7800

Fluorescent lamps any shape or size High Intensity Discharge bulbs (HID) compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
High Pressure Sodium lamps Neon lamps Mercury vapor lamps
Ultraviolet (UV) bulbs Metal Halide lamps

Mercury containing devices: Submit a pick-up request at CEMS or contact EHS at 3-1610

Mercury thermometers Mercury thermostats Mercury switches
Mercury sphygmomanometer Mercury relays Mercury barometers

Used Batteries: Submit a pick-up request at CEMS or contact EHS at 3-1610

The Brown University Office of Sustainability in conjunction with EHS has established special waste collection sites for small batteries around campus.

Lithium ion or lithium polymer Silver oxide lithium metal
Mercury Nickel cadmium Lead acid batteries
Nickel metal hydride Other batteries

For areas that routinely collect, store or accumulate universal wastes please refer to the Brown University Universal Waste Management Procedures for proper collection requirements.