Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Carleton College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainability
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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:

Carleton's Environmental Health and Safety officer oversees proper removal and disposal of hazardous materials. We also created a full time Chemical Hygiene and Radiation Safety Officer in 2015 to oversee the proper disposal of these items.


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

Items are packaged in sealed containers and labeled according to what type of material is contained within. Certified hazardous waste removal companies pick up the material and provide Carleton with a manifest that documents proper handling and disposal.


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

We have not had any incidents in the past three years.


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

In progress: our science lab managers and environmental health and safety managers are developing a comprehensive chemical inventory and storage plan. We purchased the UNHCEMS training as well: http://www.unh.edu/research/ehs-training


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:

All campus-owned computing devices are managed by Carleton's ITS (Information and Technology Services) department. ITS manage faculty and staff computer replacements and reclaim all computing devices that are no longer of use to the College. The majority of computing assets/waste is sent to one of two electronics recycling partners: Oceantech (http://oceantech.com) and The Retrofit Companies (http://www.retrofitcompanies.com/). The college does not manage personally owned electronic equipment.


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

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:
8.26 Tons

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

We do divert a majority of our electronic waste by recycling with The Retrofit Companies.
Website for the Retrofit Companies: http://www.retrofitcompanies.com/

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