Q: What is Universal Waste and does it concern dental offices?
A: Universal Waste refers to items like batteries, fluorescent light tubes, neon bulbs, electronic devices, devices containing mercury, and non-empty aerosol cans containing hazardous materials to name a few. The California Universal Waste Rule makes it mandatory for businesses which includes dental offices to collect Universal Waste and dispose of it properly meaning either having your waste management service remove it or deposit the items at a collection center. Many cities are adding specific items to the list so it is best to check with the city which your dental office is located to find out what additional items are regulated. By regulations you cannot throw Universal Waste in the trash.