Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.21
Liaison David Husemoller
Submission Date June 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

College of Lake County
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 David Husemoller
Sustainability Manager
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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:

We have not reported any chemical spills in the past three years.

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

All hazardous wastes are managed in accordance with the EPA’s RCRA small quantity generator regulations. Wastes are collected, characterized, manifested and disposed of via an EPA certified and licensed waste facility. Hazardous waste management procedures and policies for this process are included in the Departmental Chemical Hygiene Plan, which is required training for all laboratory staff and faculty.

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

None have been reported.

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

All areas that store/use chemicals (hazardous are otherwise) are required to maintain an up-to-date inventory of those chemicals. This inventory includes which chemicals are stored/used in the area and more specifically, which lab course(s) use them. To ensure unneeded waste is not being generated, the first step in our disposal process of any unused laboratory chemical is to look at these inventories to see if the chemical can possibly be utilized in another area of the College.

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:

CLC has a policy for the Disposal of Obsolete Items. This policy outlines the procedures for disposing of college property, including electronics. The Purchasing department must first offer the items for reuse on campus. Then if not claimed then it goes to auction, and then is offered to other school districts or non profits for donation. If no one takes the items or if they have been deemed to be not salvageable then they are taken to a collection event for proper recycling of electronics per state law. Recycling of electronic equipment is facilitated in accordance with today’s strict electronic waste standards, through the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County and eWorks, which only use BAN or EPA R2/RIOS certified recycling processors..

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:

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