There are many types of waste generated on the Villanova campus: recyclables, trash, food waste, specialty waste such as chemicals, medical/biological waste, etc. Each waste type must be handled properly to protect the environment and comply with federal, state, and local environmental laws.
Universal waste is a category of “hazardous waste” that includes widespread, commonly encountered items. Batteries, fluorescent lamps (bulbs), fluorescent lamp ballasts, other mercury containing devices, pesticides, and thermostats are considered universal waste. Although these items exhibit low-level hazards they must be properly managed as required by environmental regulatory agencies.