Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.92
Liaison Tom Kovacs
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Michigan University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Thomas Kovacs
Professor
Geography and Geology
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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:

1. The EMU Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) recommends researchers only purchase the amount of chemicals needed and to use all of the chemicals. This also applies to other areas purchasing chemicals (Plant, Rec/IM, etc.)

2. Do not order larger containers of chemicals for lower costs if you will not use all of the chemicals. Only order what you need.

3. Label all containers of chemicals to reduce the number of unknowns for disposal.

4. Use less hazardous or non-hazardous chemicals for your experiments and projects whenever possible.

5. Do not accept donations of chemicals from outside groups or as part of a donation of equipment.


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

The University uses only licensed hazardous waste disposal companies to remove the hazardous and non-regulated chemical waste generated. The bulbs, batteries and ballasts are removed by a licensed transporter for universal waste. The waste is taken to their processing facility for recycling. Some batteries are sent to Call 2 Recycling for recycling.


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

None.


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

Reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals occurs on a departmental level.


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:

EMU partners with ElectroCycle in disposing of campus e-waste. Departments notify Central Receiving to assist with pick-up or drop off e-waste as necessary. Central Receiving has multiple bins and when full, we notify our partner to schedule a pick-up. For larger e-waste pick-ups, our partner will deliver bins to the department and will pick-up when ready.


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Answers for part 1 received from our environmental health and safety office. Part 2 received from University Support Services.

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