Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.34
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Emory University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:

Emory uses microscale techniques when possible and encourages ‘just in time’ purchasing. Emory is also in the process of developing a Green Chemistry program. Solvents are recovered by distillation when practical, and there is a chemical redistribution program in place. In 2013 Emory developed a Green Lab program, which launched in 2014 which includes education and information on how to reduce this type of waste.

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

All hazardous waste is sent to a licensed commercial facility for destruction or recycling, when practical.

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 of hazardous materials.

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

Unused laboratory reagents are re-distributed to researchers. An interactive inventory system is under development.

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

University-owned electronics are recycled through Surplus Properties. Surplus Properties collects obsolete or broken electronics from campus and stores them for pick-up by Atlanta Recycling Solutions. Atlanta Recycling Solutions supplies boxes for collection and transports e-waste collected to their facility in Alpharetta, Georgia. Surplus Properties holds e-waste drives to collect e-waste owned by students and staff at intervals throughout the year.

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

E-waste is collected by Emory University Staging Department via work order for collection of all electronic waste for Emory University and for some Healthcare affiliates. All employees are trained in environmental health and safety to protect workers personal rights and ensure that environmental compliance is maintained. The e-waste is collected at an Emory facility where it is later collected by a certified electronic waste recycler, Atlanta Recycling Solution, who provides certified documents that all materials are safely reused or recycled and comply with all environmental standards regarding electronic waste recycling. Certified documents are housed in the Emory Recycles office and within the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

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

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