Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.10
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Eric Germain
Environment Health and Safety Officer
Public Safety
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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:

Yes all of our hazardous/Universal and electronic waste is disposed of properly. We try to minimize the amount of hazardous waste generated any time possible. One of the ways that this is done is through the recycling of the fixer waste from the dark room. This waste is considered hazardous, due to the silver content, but we have a recycling unit that strips the silver from the waste so the effluent can be disposed of as non-hazardous waste thus reducing a waste stream.
Also, we do not generate coal ash.


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

Yes all of our hazardous/Universal and electronic waste is disposed of properly in accordance with state and federal laws.


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 releases within the past 3 years


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

We use the CEMS inventory system for all of the chemicals stored within the science building. All of these chemicals are bar coded and the complete inventory is accessible to all faculty. By having this system is place, faculty are able to use chemicals that are already on campus instead or purchasing new chemicals


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

Yes. The University collects all of the electronic waste from faculty and staff and stores it until a licensed electronic waste hauler picks it up. We also have a system in place for students to bring their electronic waste for the same disposal. They should bring these devices to their hall director who then contacts the EHS coordinator.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

We use Green Monster Recycling for all of our electronic recycling. Here is a link to their website
http://www.greenmonsterecycling.com/


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

Eric Germain gave this information to Laura by email on 10/9/15

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