Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.63
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2011
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STARS v1.1

Boston University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Steve Monstur
Assoc. Director
nvironmental Health and Safety Office
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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:

Chemical users are taught to select non-hazardous alternatives to hazardous chemicals wherever possible. In two locations where large volumes of acetone are used, distillation units are employed to recover waste acetone for re-use. In teaching laboratories, EHS works with the instructors to build waste management plans for each course which minimizes the amount of waste generated and ensures proper segregation and collection. The tabs under "pollution prevention" at the following link provide further detail.

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

Each user of hazardous chemicals is taught to identify hazardous wastes, and provided with all the materials necessary to collect and manage them safely. Full containers are managed through final disposal by EHS. Universal wastes are managed in a similar fashion, with disposal endpoints carefully selected. An extensive training program and regular inspections are critical to these efforts.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

The University has an informal materials exchange program through departments and the Sustainability Liaisons. A formal program is not anticipated.

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