Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Quinn Duffy
University Sustainability Officer
Facilities
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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:

Containers previously holding hazardous waste and chemicals are routinely cleaned, serviced, and reused as a best management practice to help offset costs and wasteful disposal. Research professors in all of the Science Departments often share or donate extra or unwanted chemicals to one another in an effort to reduce disposal needs and costs.


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

The Office of Environmental and Regulatory Compliance enforces a strict “no-drain-disposal” policy which extends to all chemicals including non-regulated varieties. Satellite accumulation areas (SAA) are setup in every lab which generates hazardous waste. The SAA’s are inspected on a weekly basis for fullness and potential non-compliance issues. All full waste containers, unwanted chemicals, or universal waste is safely transported within secondary containment to the central accumulation area (CAA) for temporary storage; chemicals are segregated by compatibility to prevent unwanted reactions in the case of unforeseen container failure. The CAA’s contents are tendered to a licensed disposal company every 90 days as required by our large quantity generator status. Universal waste is segregated by battery type and mercury containing lamps are over-packed in ridged fiber drums.


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

During Fiscal Year 19-17 there were no significant hazardous materials incidents due to increased measures of safety and precaution.


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

Florida Institute of Technology is in process of creating a list of materials, chemicals, and distributing the list campus wide.


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:

Students/ faculty/ and staff can drop off old electronics (phones, computers cords, batteries, etc.), at the Evans Library and the Shipping and Receiving center throughout the year, as well as various residence halls during the end of the academic year during move-outs. Florida Tech Property Administration, in partnership with Tech Support, has a program that allows for sustainable disposal of almost any electronic item.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data sourced from the Office of Environmental and Regulatory Compliance, Property Administration, and the campus Sustainability Office.

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