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Universal Waste Transporters

Any person can transport universal waste (UW) if they have less than 500 pounds of total universal waste in the vehicle. This may include common carriers such as US Postal Service, UPS or FedEx. To transport 500 pounds or more of Universal Waste, a Part 364 permit is required.

The following is a summary of the requirements for universal waste transporters. Please see 6 NYCRR Part 364 and 6 NYCRR Subpart 374-3 (these links leave DEC's website) for more information.

Transporters must comply with all applicable DOT regulations.

  1. A UW Transporter is prohibited from disposing, diluting or treating UW (except in response to releases).
  2. UW transporters may only store UW at a UW transfer facility for a maximum of 10 days; if they store the UW longer, they become a UW handler.
  3. Leaking, spilled, broken UW must be cleaned up and placed in a suitable container. A hazardous waste determination must be performed and the cleanup material must be managed as a solid or hazardous waste, based on the determination. Only intact batteries, lamps, mercury-containing equipment, or pesticides in intact containers can be placed in Universal Waste.
    Note: if a lamp or other UW item breaks or leaks after being placed inside an appropriate, sealed Universal Waste container, it may still be managed as Universal Waste as long as the container remains closed.
  4. A UW Transporter is prohibited from sending or taking the UW to a place other than a UW handler, a destination facility, or a foreign destination.
  5. Transportation ends when the vehicle arrives at the address of the handler or destination facility identified on the shipping document (manifest, bill of lading, etc).
  6. A UW Transporter must not accept a shipment to be carried to a foreign destination, other than an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) country listed in 6 NYCRR subpart 372.5(h), unless it conforms to and is accompanied by a copy of the EPA Acknowledgment of Consent. If delivering to a listed OECD country, the transporter must comply with 6 NYCRR subpart 372.5(h). The shipment must be delivered to the facility designated by the person who initiated the shipment.

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