Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

Boston College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Gail Hall
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health & 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?:
Yes

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

The University uses greener or biodegradable cleaning chemicals in its Facilities operations. We use a mail-in battery recycling program, and electronics and universal waste recycling.


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

The University contracts with commercial vendors for disposal of chemical waste.


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

The University has not had any significant hazardous materials release incidents during the last three years.


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

The University has a laboratory chemical redistribution program. Boston College uses the ChemTracker module on the BioRAFT platform to manage the laboratory chemical inventory. When a lab retires or moves, the chemicals that are left behind are evaluated by operations personnel, then made available to other users. We are able to record ownership changes in the inventory system.


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

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
No

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:

For replacement of office equipment the recycling is part of the negotiated contract for new equipment. For all other equipment we use a commercial recycler.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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