Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.90
Liaison Leslie Raucher
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Barnard College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Barnard College contracts with Veolia Environmental Services to provide electronic waste recycling programs to the college community. All computers decommissioned by our IT department are collected for recycling through this program. There are also e-waste recycling hubs across campus were all members of the community can drop of electronics for proper disposal.

Veolia West Bridgewater, MA is an R2, ISO 14001 and 18001 Certified Electronics
Recycler. They do not export any hazardous waste or electronic scrap to developing countries.

Veolia: Electronics and Computer Recycling Operations:

Assessment of used electronic equipment is conducted after receipt and storage at
Veolia ES Technical Solutions (VESTS) West Bridgewater, MA facility. Generally,
monitors and materials with higher potential scrap revenue value, (desktops, laptops,
mainframes, telecommunications equipment, etc.), will be segregated from other
used electronic equipment. CRT containing equipment will be re-palletized for
shipment off-site to an approved Veolia dismantling partner. Materials with higher
potential for scrap value will be de-manufactured on-site. The manually de-
manufactured components are separated into the following categories: mixed
plastics, circuit boards, ferrous metals, mixed non-ferrous metals, batteries,
capacitors/inductors and mercury relays. All batteries generated from the de-
manufacturing are brought to the battery sorting area. Used electronic scrap with
less potential scrap value is palletized or containerized (cubic yard box) for shipment
off-site, to an approved de-manufacturer.

Certain monitors, depending on size, date of manufacture and condition may be
removed from the scrap stream and sold as a commodity. Otherwise monitors may
be de-manufactured on-site or off-site, approved de-manufacturers are used.
Materials other than leaded/unleaded glass are co-mingled with the disassembly of
other scrap electronics.

Desktop, laptop computers, printers, keyboards, mice and other peripherals are also
sorted for potential re-use. If the materials are not re-usable, these materials are
shipped to be dismantled and/or shredded for plastics and metals recovery through
various Veolia-approved facilities.

All batteries accepted at VESTS Stoughton are sorted into their respective chemistry
types. After receipt, batteries are staged in a battery storage area. A sorting table is
utilized to separate batteries into the following categories: mercury, alkaline, nickel
cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lead acid, silver and lithium. Once sorted, the
batteries are placed into proper containers for shipment off-site for proper disposal or
recycling outlets.

VESTS de-manufactures scrap electronics that may have higher scrap revenue
value. Most of these materials, with the exception of Non-PCB capacitors and
inductors, mercury containing relays and batteries, have not been in contact with
hazardous materials nor contain hazardous constituents. These items may be sold
to vendors as commodities.

Non PCB Capacitors and Inductors removed from electronic scrap and fluorescent
lamp ballasts are disposed of off-site at:

Mercury Containing Relays are distilled on-site or off-site at VESTS facilities.

Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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