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Universal Wastes

The universal waste recycling program enables the commercial, institutional and regulated hazardous waste-generating community to recycle common, or universal wastes which have hazardous characteristics. By recycling them with the MCMUA, the generator doesn't have to manifest and transport them as hazardous waste with a licensed hazardous waste disposal firm. This adds conveniences and can reduce costs. Materials accepted include the following:

  • As of November 2017, the MCMUA stopped accepting Fluorescent light bulbs in bulk quantities as a Universal Waste from non-residential generators. For information about how to recycle fluorescent bulbs on your own, contact the MCMUA at 973-631-5109.
  • With the 2010 USDOT change in regulations regarding the transportation of waste batteries, the MCMUA no longer accepts batteries for recycling. Those with batteries are encouraged to manage their spent batteries according to the "Easy as 1-2-3" suggestions. The MCMUA's mixed battery recycling program terminated as of December 1, 2009.