Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.42
Liaison Stephanie Del Rosario
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pearl Boelter
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?:

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

CSUF has implemented a new chemical inventory barcoding system which will assist in the monitoring and tracking of chemical use. The system will allow researchers to view available chemicals that can be used instead of disposed. The system will also ensure that expired chemicals are properly identified and disposed.

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 spent hazardous chemical waste, excludable recyclable material, regulated and non-regulated hazardous materials/waste according to their DOT hazard class and chemical compatibility. CSUF has also implemented a practice of consolidating DOT/EPA and chemically compatible materials for disposal. Consolidating compatible hazardous waste has dramatically lowered the quantity of hazardous waste disposed at CSUF over the past 10 years. Once consolidated CSUF hires a certified hazardous waste hauler to transport the wastes to a permitted Treatment, Storage, and Disposal facility. Other practices implemented include installation of a bulk oil recycling tank and oil filter crusher. Crushed oil filters are sold as scrap metals and the oil is placed into the recycling tank and picked up by a certified oil recycler. Batteries are separated into rechargeable and non-rechargeable varieties. Non-rechargeable batteries are sent for disposal at an approved facility. Light bulbs and ballasts are also recycled at an approved disposal facility.

EHS has also developed an online hazardous waste form to insure that hazardous wastes on campus are picked up in a timely manner. This also gives staff/faculty a quick and easy way to request that their hazardous waste be removed.

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

There were no significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years.

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

CSUF has implemented an inventory system to redistribute used laboratory chemicals on campus. All campus chemicals were barcoded during the 2018 summer break. In the fall/winter of 2018/19, researchers will be trained in the system which includes an option to allow other campuses users to see chemicals that are available to be redistributed.

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:

Departments notify Facilities Management of the equipment to be recycled. This includes old phones, televisions, audiovisual equipment, etc. Once Facilities Management picks up the E-waste, it is deposited into designated E-waste containers. The E-waste contractor is notified when the containers are ready to be picked up.

There are e-waste containers deployed at Student Housing. The e-waste there is picked up every two weeks by Facilities waste management staff.

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:
33.11 Tons

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

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