Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 32.00
Liaison Kevin Moran
Submission Date May 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Drake University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Drake EHS does have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special, universal and non-regulated chemical waste. There are no steps currently taken to reduce hazardous, special, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste.


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

EHS has designed a Qualtrics form for use throughout campus to assure that all regulated waste streams are being managed properly. The form can be found by visiting the Drake EHS website: drake.edu/ehs/. The types of waste that you can request disposal for using this form include the following: Hazardous Chemical Waste (ex. from chemistry), Solvents (ex: paint thinners, acetone from art), Sharps (ex. syringes, lancets), E-waste (ex: computer monitors, peripherals), Biologically Contaminated Waste (ex. Absorbed vomit, blood containing towels, bandages, wraps), Autoclaved Waste (ex. agar plates, pipettes), Glass Waste (broken lab equipment, pipettes), Non-hazardous liquid waste (glucose, bleach water/tissue), Fluorescent Lamps (any size), Batteries (rechargeable, lead-acid), Non-hazardous solid waste (ex: filter cartridges, agarose gels), Biohazardous waste (ex: large quantities of human liquid), Toner Cartridges Residential Waste (from rental properties or neighborhood “dumping”).

Each type of waste has specific procedures for disposal which is accessible on the Drake EHS website in the Hazardous Waste Management Plan.


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

There have been no significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years.


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

No system currently in place.


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?:
No

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:

Drake University generated electronics are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (EPA RCRA) according to 40CFR261.4(b)(1). To manage this waste responsibly and in compliance, all computer waste and excess laboratory equipment that is removed from the University should be evaluated for re-use, recycling or proper disposal options. Additionally, Drake has relationships with many non-profit groups that may have a
need for equipment that is no longer being used by Drake. Coordination of unwanted items with those that can use them is an integral part of Drake’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Procedures for evaluation and disposal of these waste classes are listed below:

1. Identify the waste for disposal. This includes such items as computers, monitors, CPUs, Apple products, tablets, laptops, printers, copiers, faxes, peripherals (mice, speakers, keyboards, cables, etc), projectors, ELMOs, cell
phones and any chargers (please do NOT include batteries or appliances (microwaves, refrigerators, etc) as these are required to managed separately according to EPA). For information on types of electronics waste or for unique situations, contact Chris Nickell, Director EHS (chris.nickell@drake.edu or 515-271-3804).

2. Complete the attached form documenting where the waste is from and what waste is to be picked up by Facilities and transported to the Electronics Accumulation Area.

3. Identify items with tape or signage to indicate which equipment is usable and just being replaced to upgrade technology and which equipment is broken or not functioning properly. If you have questions about what is “usable” or other items that are not listed, or if you need further assistance please contact Chris Nickell, Director EHS (chris.nickell@drake.edu or 515-271-3804).

4. Complete a Qualtrics Form: Following the waste pick-up procedures (See “Procedures to Request a Waste Pick-up) fill out a Qualtrics form with all necessary information and submit the form. The form can be found on the EHS website: drake.edu/ehs/.

5. Contact: Chris Nickell (Director of Drake EHS) at 515-271-3804 for questions or additional information

At this time, there is no specific program for electronic waste generated by students, however, the university will properly dispose of student electronic waste if it is turned in or abandoned.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
No

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:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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