Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 34.50
Liaison Susan Kaspari
Submission Date July 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Central Washington University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:
CWU has purchased a new Chemical Inventory Management System (CHIMS)that tracks unused waste for reuse/buy back by other departments throughout the university to help reduce quantities of used or unused waste. CWU is currently developing a new (BUY Only What You Need) program, thus helping to reduce large quantities of excess and or unused chemicals currently being purchased in large quantities for cost savings only and encourage departments to buy green products whenever possible to help limit hazardous /toxic waste disposal cost and user safety concerns.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Hazardous Waste: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) trains the waste-generating departments, collects and stores the waste in the hazmat facility, and coordinates the transportation and disposal of the waste through various disposal companies. The wastes are disposed of in a variety of ways, but most are either incinerated or recycled. All hazardous chemical waste must be in a sturdy container with a tight-fitting screw-on lid. The container must be labeled as to the contents and the hazard. Universal Waste: EH&S coordinates the collection, storage and disposal of this waste. The waste is periodically transported and recycled by companies meeting strict performance requirements per the Department of Ecology and EPA. Non-Regulated Chemical Waste: Stored in the universal waste storage unit for subsequent pickup and recycling by the appropriate waste contractor.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
Negative, no releases 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:
Central Washington University has developed a Chemical Inventory Management System using FileMaker that facilitates the collection and storage of information related to chemical types and amounts within campus laboratories and facilities. *Don't know yet whether or not laboratory chemicals are reused or 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:
To recycle electronic waste people contact facilities management either through email or phone to request a pickup. CWU has its own recycler.

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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