Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.34
Liaison Mary Whitney
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Chatham University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Wendy Hallows
Safety Manager
Natural and Physical Sciences
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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:

Chatham University has recently chosen to run laboratory instruction on the micro-scale to aid in reducing chemical waste. The university has invested in smaller glassware and more appropriate tools for chemistry classes in order to help reduce the amount of chemicals being wasted. We have an online purchasing database that is used to eliminate duplication of orders.

We do not have our own power plant, so no need to manage coal ash. We banned inorganic pesticides on campus since 2000, so there is none of that waste. Lamps and ballasts are collected and recycled.


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

Chatham University designates that hazardous chemicals be picked up once a semester by a certified company. The university follows OSHA’s regulations and guidelines of how to properly dispose of hazardous, universal and non-regulated chemical waste. One member of the science department sits on a university wide safety committee to ensure that Chatham University is handling the hazardous materials as safely as possible.

Lamps and ballasts are collected and stored in a secure ventilated area and returned to the lighting supplier, who manages the recycling/mercury collection process.


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

None


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

Chatham University has a chemical inventory system that does not allow anyone to reorder chemicals until all the chemicals are used on campus. Once they are used up then we can order in a new supply. The purpose of this is to not order more chemicals when there are already chemicals on campus.


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:

Chatham University recycles all institution-generated and student-generated materials with two different organizations that refurbish the electronic materials and donate them to schools and other non-profit organizations. Any non-reusable materials go to an electronics recycler that is a signatory of the Basel Action Network protocol, and is permitted and bonded through the PADEP Permit 081 for electronic de-manufacturing, and holds R2 certification.

There is an e-waste collection station on each campus.


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:
0.28 Tons

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