|Submission Date||March 3, 2023|
College of Charleston
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management
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Center for Sustainable Development
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:
Per the College’s Environmental Health and Safety direction, laboratory managers are encouraged to substitute hazardous materials with less hazardous materials and to purchase only what they need.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The College of Charleston’s Environmental Health & Safety director maintains a contract with TerraCycle Regulated Waste to handle the proper collection and recycling of lighting waste (i.e. fluorescent bulbs), ballasts and some batteries. The College safely stores fluorescent bulbs in boxes with proper labels until a pick-up is scheduled.
In addition, the College maintains multiple laboratory spaces across campus. The hazardous waste from these labs is safely collected on the third or fourth Monday of every month by an outside contracted service. Laboratory managers are required to ensure all hazardous waste is properly labeled, stored in proper containers and maintain an inventory of the waste for the Environmental Health & Safety director.
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:
The university does not currently employ an inventory system to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of lab chemicals.
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:
Electronic waste is managed by the College’s Central Stores department. Central Stores is the central warehouse, inventory control and fleet management organization at the College. When a college-owned electronic device is ready to be recycled, A College employee can contact Central Stores for support and pick-up or can be turned into IT if computer equipment/material.
For non-College-owned electronic devices, the Center for Sustainable Development maintains 20 specialty recycling stations across campus. Students and employees can recycle batteries, printer cartridges and electronic waste at these recycling stations. Center for Sustainable Development interns then collect these materials and prepare them for Central Stores to collect on a monthly basis.
Once Central Stores has collected electronic waste (both College- and non-College-owned), their team uses the South Carolina state contract with Intelligent Lifecycle Solutions to collect and responsibly recycle electronic waste.
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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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