Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.37
Liaison Calandra Lake
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2016
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STARS v2.1

College of William & Mary
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sandra Prior
Director, Environment, Health & Safety
Facilities Management
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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:
Determine if you can reuse or recycle this waste in the laboratory, facility or studio. If so, there is no need to dispose of the material through the W&M Hazardous Waste Program disposal procedures. For unopened or uncontaminated containers in a usable form, attempt to find another user. EH&S will occasionally send an email to facility with a list of virgin materials that are available. The last time we did this, we were able to find alternative users for over 2/3 of the materials. When possible, neutralize/deactivate material(s) as part of the laboratory experimental/clean-up process to render the material non hazardous. Practice “just-in-time” purchasing practices so that you have only the amount of hazardous materials you need instead of “stockpiling” materials because you get better pricing by buying in bulk. We also have a Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention Plan that provides additional information.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
We currently use hazardous waste disposal vendors from the Virginia state contract, E194-72842 SRS- Summary 2013-10-24. We also use various companies for recycling mercury lamps and other mercury-containing items, ballast, used oil and batteries. And we have a bi-weekly biological waste disposal pick-up through SciMed. For more info on the hazardous waste management and disposal practices, refer to our Hazardous Waste Management brochure and our Request for Hazardous Waste Disposal form.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
2013: An estimated 60-70 gallons of sewage was released. The parking lot and sidewalk were treated with lime application after the sewage line was cleared and the free standing liquid removed. No sewage product reached a storm drain or navigable waterway. 2014: Approximately 22 gallons of sewage was released due to a tree root blocking the line. No sewage reached state waters or a storm drain system. A sleeve was placed in the pipe to allow the free flow of sewage through the line. 2015: 5-10 gallons of diesel fuel due to a truck with an electric pump that overflowed while fueling the vehicle. No fuel reached the storm drain, Hepaco Environmental was called on site and completed the cleanup.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
We send out an inventory announcement in the EH&S Newsletter Summer 2016 we also remind faculty via email that the annual inventory is due by the end of July. We also provide faculty a copy of their previous year’s inventory and ask them to update it. Once received, we then update the current inventory in our electronic inventory that is available to any W&M community member who has a WM user name and password. We use a SDS management software from VelocityEHS (formerly (M)SDSonline) for our electronic library. We download copies of our electronic SDS binder onto flash drives and place a flash drive in each science building’s Knox Box to be available for emergency responders. See: Accessing Safety Data Sheets Online and the EH&S Safety Data Sheets web page.

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:
A campus wide collection day is held every spring where students, faculty and staff drop off electronic and hazardous material waste. Departments and offices have the option to schedule a free pick-up of large electronic equipment. Electronics are recycled through Computer Recycling for Virginia (recycle4va.com)

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:

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