Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The College's Waste Minimization Program includes:
Maintaining an inventory of all laboratory chemicals to facilitate usage across departments.
Ordering only the quantity of the material needed, even if a larger amount is cheaper.
Substituting a non-hazardous or a less hazardous material whenever possible.
Using a less toxic cleaning agent if one is available.
Avoiding the mixing hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams.
Disposing of materials as soon as one determines that they are no longer needed. Do not hold a material so long that the container begins to degrade and the material is of no use.
Properly labeling bottles.
Encouraging departments to consider the use of “Micro” or “Mini Scale” laboratory chemistry when planning experiments.
https://www.conncoll.edu/offices/environmental-health-and-safety/policies-and-procedures/environmental-compliance/hazardous-waste-minimization/


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

Connecticut College is a Small Quantity Generator (SQG). At the College, the generator of any hazardous waste is responsible for providing information that will allow the Director of Environmental Health and Safety to properly characterize and manifest the waste for disposal. The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is the only person authorized to schedule shipments of hazardous waste and to sign manifests and/or bills of lading. The College has five hazardous waste storage facilities. These storage facilities are inspected weekly by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. In addition to assessing storage and container compliance, the Director uses this weekly inspection to ensure that accumulation limits are not exceeded.


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

The College has not had any significant hazardous material release in the past three years.


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

Connecticut College has an online chemical inventory system that allows all users to see what chemicals are currently on campus.

Faculty are encouraged to check the inventory before ordering new chemicals. If the material is available elsewhere, either in their department or not, they are asked to contact the owner to see if an informal arrangement can be made in regards to sharing.


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:

The College's Director of Environmental Health and Safety oversees the program that ensures that all "college owned" electronic waste is recycled/disposed on in the most environmentally and social responsible way possible.

Student electronic waste is collected in four drop-off locations across campus. Students can dispose of electronics, batteries, ink and toner, and compact fluorescent lightbulbs at these drop off locations. Items collected are delivered to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for recycling.


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:
2.44 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information was provided by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. Tons of E-Waste recycled is for calendar year 2017.

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