Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.23
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Channel Islands
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Peer Gerber
Director of 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:

Hazardous waste source reduction at California State University Channel Islands (CI) is characterized by a small number of highly effective programs and procedures, appropriate for our small campus; examples follow. The Art program performs waste segregation of ceramic glaze waste from the overall clay/water/ceramics studio waste stream; this results in a dramatic reduction in hazardous waste volume. The Art program also utilizes product substitution for glazes and sandblasting to minimize waste. Art also directs all oil based paint waste recycling. The campus maintenance shop for painting has nearly eliminated the generation of hazardous waste from both oil based paint wastes through solvent reuse or recycling, and water based paint waste through drying, analytical testing, and disposed as low volume non-hazardous solid waste. All fluids from vehicles maintenance are sent off-site for recycling. The Science programs have generally moved toward micro scale procedures for teaching labs. The sciences are continually evaluating options for lower hazard, lower volume or no hazard procedures for teaching; e.g., biology has moved away from toxic to non toxic tissue fixatives. Biology and chemistry also have an informal materials exchange wherein surplus chemicals are donated rather than disposed and small quantities of unusual or one time use materials are borrowed to prevent unnecessary purchases. Campus chemical procurement procedures emphasize obtaining hazardous materials in small quantities and complete use of all chemicals.


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

California State University Channel Islands (CI) has a formal well established program for hazardous materials disposal. It is summarized on the campus website at the URL provided. All hazardous waste generators are trained as necessary for the types of wastes generated. The program includes proper procedures for waste minimization, emergency response, waste identification, labeling, storage and disposal. The University is a RCRA Large Quantity Generator and we dispose of waste at a maximum interval of 90 days via a licensed hazardous waste disposal contractor(s). The University controls through training, internal audits, and strict control of all waste determinations and the manifesting process. Universal wastes are handled by trained staff. If, for some reason, a Universal waste is not recyclable it is managed as hazardous waste. Non-regulated chemical wastes are evaluated and safe handling and disposal procedures are determined on a case by case basis.


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

There have not been any significant release incidents of any significant hazardous materials at CSU Channel Islands.


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

The Science programs at California State University Channel Islands (CI) have moved towards micro-scale procedures for teaching labs and continually evaluate options for lower hazard, lower volume or no hazard procedures for teaching. Biology has transitioned from toxic to non-toxic tissue fixatives. Chemistry and Biology have an informal material exchange. Surplus chemicals are donated rather than disposed and small quantities of unusual or one time use materials are borrowed to prevent unnecessary purchases. Science programs use database inventories to identify chemicals for redistribution or alternative uses.


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?:
Yes

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:

Possible Ways of E-Waste Disposal by the Property Coordinator
1. ECS Refining - recycle computer and electronic component.
2. Academic IT – may recycle electronic parts for spare that can be used by the campus.
3. Public Surplus auction website – www.publicsurplus.com
4. Dell Corporation
5. Apple Incorporated
6. Vendor Trade-In Program- Dell Corp., CISCO Corp., Apple Corp., Sehi
7. Donate/Transfer – equipment to other CSU campus, State Agency or Non-Profit Organization
8. Ken Porter Auctions – www.kenporterauctions.com.


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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