Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.28
Liaison Claire Rodgers
Submission Date June 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Olin College firmly believes that the best way to reduce hazardous waste is by trying to minimize the use of hazardous chemicals. Efforts have been made to reduce the ordering and need of hazardous chemicals so that the waste streams can be reduced. This has been done in various areas such as tailoring laboratory experiments to use different chemicals that are less hazardous or that require less quantities, thus reducing the risk.

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

The campus utilizes Triumvirate Environmental (TEI) for EH&S related services. Through these efforts, a system has been implemented that segregates waste streams such as Hazardous Waste, Universal Waste, and Unregulated Waste. Periodic inspections are performed per MA DEP and RCRA requirements. Triumvirate Environmental manages the hazardous waste streams by taking it to one of its approved Transport Storage and Disposal Facilities. All of these facilities are audited before initial use and on an as needed basis moving forward. Triumvirate’s waste management team reviews each waste stream’s disposal options using the following hierarchy for managing the waste, Recycling/Reuse, Thermal Destruction, Treatment and lastly landfill. The waste is tracked through our waste management system from cradle to grave.

Waste streams in laboratories are demarcated and grouped into Satellite Accumulation Areas which are inspected weekly. The Satellite Accumulation Areas have secondary containment and are located in chemical storage cabinets or fume hoods. The waste is then brought to the Main Accumulation Area within 3 days of being full or 3 days from when the waste stream is no longer needed. Having the SAA’s minimizes the foot traffic into the MAA and thus reduces the risk associated with a possible exposure or release.

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

No incident related to a release of a significant hazardous material has occurred.

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

Chemicals are ordered by Olin Staff and all chemicals on site have an SDS associated that is stored in a binder. An annual review of the chemical inventory is performed. Currently the inventory is managed using an Excel spreadsheet.

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:

Olin currently recycles all the electronic waste collected. In conjunction with IT, IT wipes electronics that have stored data and then the items are recycled through the Needham Recycling and Transfer Station. The Needham Transfer Station works with R2 certified recyclers.

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

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

E-waste is collected and sent to the Needham Recycling and Transfer Station.
Source: Triumvirate Environmental Representative

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