Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.98
Liaison Greg Farley
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2011
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George Mason University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Margaret Lo
University Sustainability Director
Sustainability
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, 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, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department at George Mason University (Mason) tracks waste disposal costs and tonnage, and actively works with faculty and staff to identify ways to minimize waste streams.


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

George Mason University (Mason) trains personnel who generate hazardous waste on proper handling of wastes, as well as how to store waste until it is collected by the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department. Training includes how to determine if a waste is hazardous, how to store waste, and completing and labeling of waste containers. EHS collects hazardous waste from the university’s laboratories and Facilities shops, and segregates these wastes according to hazard class until the waste waste can be picked up for transport to a treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility.

Mason utilizes hazardous waste disposal companies that are approved to transport wastes to TSD facilities. Whenever possible, Mason works with companies that are also approved to operate TSD facilities. By working with waste disposal companies operating their own TSD facilities, this reduces the amount of transport necessary prior to final disposition of the university’s wastes. As required by the US Environmental Protection Agency, EHS maintains copies of all hazardous waste manifests.


The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

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