Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Winnie Kwofie
Submission Date April 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Donna Placzek
Director Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental 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:
Cal State East Bay follows the best practices outlined in the Master Enabling Agreement (MEA C110125) for CSU's 23 campuses. CSU-systemwide also identifies contractors that follow best practices for the handling of all wastes considered hazardous by California, and Cal State East Bay uses a designated contractor compliance company that specializes in collecting and disposing hazardous waste: Stericycle. Another vendor takes tires (Northstate). Cal State East Bay is also an affiliate of CHWMEG environmental stewardship programs, which provides info on the hazardous waste vendors, and any fines or violations.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) acts as the gatekeeper for these activities. Annual trainings are conducted for those people who handle waste so they understand the processes. All standing stockpiles are behind locked doors and are accessible only to those who have training through the Dean's office. All stockpiled products are labeled to indicate who generated the 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:
The Director of EH&S is gatekeeper for the 'hazardous waste shed', she checks if the chemistry department and other departments may want to reuse materials that others are discarding. An annual inventory is conducted through CCRS, the state hazardous materials management plan. The inventory is shared with the City of Hayward. The Cal State East Bay Purchasing Department alerts EH&S of any unusual purchases.

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:
Cal State East Bay uses the recycling company ERI Direct per Chancellor's Office contract. We recycle eWaste, appliances and general electronic equipment.

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:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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