Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.35
Liaison Stephanie Del Rosario
Submission Date Sept. 10, 2012
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STARS v1.1

California State University, Fullerton
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Curtis Plotkin
Director (Interim)
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?:

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

CSUF has implemented an aggressive program to protect human health and the environment. EHS has actively participated with academics to use less hazardous chemicals in teaching laboratories, wherever possible. EHS has been proactive in working with Campus Trades to replace more toxic, air polluting chemicals and paints with less toxic, less polluting chemicals and paints.

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

CSUF EHS has implemented a proactive hazardous waste management program of properly characterizing off specification, spent hazardous chemicals, excludable recyclable material, regulated and non-regulated hazardous materials according to their DOT hazard class and chemical compatibility. CSUF has also implemented a practice of consolidating DOT and chemically compatible materials for disposal. By consolidating compatible hazardous materials has lowered the over poundage disposed of from CSUF from over 25 tonnes (2006) to 11.5 (2011) tonnes. This method of hazardous waste management has saved the CSUF over $139,000.00/year, every year since 2008. Other practices implemented have included installation of a bulk oil recycling tank and oil filter crusher. Crushed oil filters are sold as scrap metal at $0.03 to $0.10/filter; the residual oil is placed into the oil recycling tank. The oil is picked up by a licensed oil recycler at no cost to the CSUF, if recycling parameters are met. Batteries are separated into recharable and non-recharagable. The recharagble batteries are recycled at no cost to CSUF through the California Rechargable Battery Consortium. The non-rechargeble batteries are sent for disposal at an approved facility. All light tubes are recycled at an approved disposal facility.

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

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