|Submission Date||Feb. 19, 2020|
OP-20: Hazardous Waste 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:
Laboratories that utilize chemicals have waste minimization plans that include, among other items, the following to reduce waste: choice of experiments to reduce waste, choice of non-hazardous or less hazardous chemicals in procedures and labs, reduction in the purchase of hazardous materials and reduction in the use of cleaning solvents. Other departments that generate waste, such as the Physical Plant, have also taken steps to reduce generation by using less or non-hazardous products and/or adjusting processes to generate less waste.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Hazardous waste pick-ups are coordinated through the Physical Plant and take place at least every 6 months. The company that collects the waste is permitted to collect, transport, process and store the waste. In addition, the following items are collected and recycled with appropriate companies: spent lamps, automotive batteries, used oil and household batteries.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
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:
On a regular basis, Campus Technology collects obsolete and non-working electronic equipment for recycling. Throughout the year, university-owned electronics that are identified for recycling (obsolete or non-working) are collected by Environmental Services.
In addition, there are collection bins on campus for small electronic items such as cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, computer speakers, hard drives, CDs, DVDs, CD/DVD drives, disks, headsets, cords, cables and chargers. Students, faculty and staff can utilize these bins.
Students can also recycle/donate large or small electronic items during the end of year move-out waste reduction program, and they will be recycled or donated as appropriate.
Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.