Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Kathleen McCaig
Submission Date June 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Berea College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Paige Geary
Director, Regulatory Affairs
EEnvironmental Health and Safety
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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:

Berea College has various programs/tools in place to minimize chemical waste generation. One of the key programs/tools is a comprehensive laboratory chemical inventory data base. The college uses a soft ware program called ChemSW to identify the storage and use of all laboratory chemicals. This inventory system allows the College to tract the amount of chemicals stored on site by location. This helps minimize over- ordering of the same chemical by different departments. We can also locate chemicals on campus that are not being used very often, so they can be relocated to areas that need the chemicals. This helps minimize the amount of old chemicals on site that have to be discarded. . We also have made a significant effort to remove all mercury containing equipment to avoid the potential for spills and the waste generated during spill clean-up.To help reduce cleaning chemical waste, the Facilities Department installed cleaning stations that contain four types of cleaning products in concentrated form. The products are dispensed in appropriate use concentration and very little if any waste is generated.

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

The responsibility for the proper disposal of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste is covered by Berea College’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety. All chemical waste materials are evaluated to determine the best disposal and treatment method. Methods of evaluation can include laboratory analysis, Material Safety Data Sheet review, and regulatory reference information for specifically defined materials such as used fluorescent lamps and batteries. All hazardous waste and non-regulated chemical waste is collected and stored in designated secure areas on campus and is shipped to an EPA permitted treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF). College employees responsible for chemical waste management receive regular training addressing transportation, classification methods, and regulatory requirements. The company that now handles the chemical waste generated on campus is Clean Harbors Environmental Services. Clean Harbors owns and operates the TSFD facilities used to store and treat the College’s waste. An evaluation of services, operating history and EPA permits was made prior to using Clean Harbors as primary TSDF.Universal waste materials (fluorescent lamps and batteries) are collected and stored in a central location on campus and are managed by the material recycling group located in the College’s Department of Facilities Management. Universal waste is recycled by USA Lamp & Ballast Recycling inc. EPA # OHR000109810.

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

None to report

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

Berea College maintains a detailed record of all laboratory chemicals on campus. The inventory data of laboratory chemicals is kept in one central location, the Hall Science Building, and chemicals used in the Science building must be checked out for use and checked back in. Chemicals used in other laboratories across campus are routinely inventoried and sometimes moved to other locations when needed. Each chemical has its own Bar code and CAS number to easily identify chemical location. Time-sensitive chemicals are constantly monitored to prevent ordering more than necessary. Chemicals that are not of frequent use are still kept in the inventory records for future reuse. All Chemicals on campus are kept for use unless they are never used, significantly hazardous, or are too old to be effective in lab work. Chemical location is tracked on a daily basis. Student employees responsible for the inventory system are often assigned other task, such as building inspections, however, priority is given to the maintenance of the chemical inventory system.

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:

Berea College has a program in place to address both the reuse and recycling of electronic waste. Berea College provides laptop computers to all students, staff, and faculty. Old computers and monitors are routinely replaced as needed. Each old unit is evaluated for possible reuse. Computer equipment that can be reused is directed to programs that provide for educational needs in Appalachian communities. Electronic equipment that cannot be reused is sent to an approved e-waste recycling facility, Kentucky Recycling, located in Richmond Kentucky.

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

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:

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