Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:

Colgate's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides safety and advisory services to the entire campus community. EHS is responsible for conducting environmental surveys, managing identified risks, advocating safe work practices, presenting quality educational programs, and ensuring compliance with university and regulatory standards.

Colgate University had a Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) inspection by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in 2019, which included a regulatory compliance inspection of the University's hazardous waste management and universal waste management programs, and received no violations. The university substitutes non-hazardous chemicals for hazardous chemicals in experimentation whenever practicable. Colgate also sends its light-bulbs, batteries, and used oils to the county and/or commercial service providers for recycling. In addition, the university donates its wood-fueled boiler ash (as opposed to sending it out for disposal as non-regulated chemical waste) to local farmers to be used as fertizer for their crops.

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

Colgate's HAZMAT Contingency Plan provides a written plan of action for Colgate University in the event of a fire, explosion, or unplanned release of hazardous materials or hazardous waste that could pose a threat to human health and/or the environment.

The university follows all local, state, and federal waste regulations. These waste streams are collected at satellite accumulation areas (SAAs) and stored in a main accumulation area (MAA). Waste streams are segrated by compatibility, consolidated whenever possible, containerized, properly labeled, profiled, and then disposed of by various service providers (Clean Harbors Environmental, Stericycle, etc).

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


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

Colgate's Environmental Health and Safety Office conducts routine chemical inventories within the sciences, shops and studios. Our program takes stock (unused) chemicals that are given to us and put them into a "surplus" inventory. Each faculty and staff member within the sciences has access to this list via Google Drive and can request those chemicals at no cost for their labs. The University does not keep all unused stock chemicals because it is not safe to do so, for example, Colgate does not keep chemicals that are peroxide forming, expired, contaminated, etc.

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:

Colgate has a Salvage Exchange program where all Colgate-owned electronics (such as computers and peripheries, printers, televisions, etc.) are reused on campus or donated to Computer Connection of CNY, Inc (ccnytech.com) in nearby Utica, NY for reuse. If any equipment is at the end of its useful life, then the University recycles it at eWaste+ in Rochester, NY. In 2021, 17,639 lbs of electronics were recycled through EWASTE+ which is R2/RIOS certified.

All of Colgate's electronic equipment is either donated, reused, or properly recycled.

Students' personal electronic equipment is also conveniently collected in the residence halls and upon request and/or placed in one of three Gaylords found on campus. The Gaylords are routinely picked up on campus by EWASTE+ (https://ewaste.com/).

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
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