Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.16
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Green Mountain College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Meriel Brooks
Professor of Biology; Director, Environmental Liberal Arts Program; Biology Program Director
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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?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Science Laboratories

Biology and chemistry laboratories are intentionally structured to produce little to no hazardous waste.

Where possible, biology labs use safe alternatives to hazardous materials, such as using non-hazardous electrophoresis gel stains (Sybr-safeTM for example instead of ethidium bromide) and running buffers. Animals for dissection are purchased in Caro-safeTM preservatives.

Where possible, all chemistry laboratory experiments replace toxic and/or volatile organic compounds with more innocuous substances, reduce energy use and maximize the atom economy of all reactions to produce less waste.

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

Science Laboratories

Innocuous (non-regulated) chemical waste from the biology and chemistry laboratories is disposed of with typical trash after appropriate treatment. For example, innocuous chemicals in aqueous solution are evaporated under a chemical hood before disposal. Others may be safely disposed of down sink drains.

Some materials require treatment, for example we do use some ethidium bromide, which is then filtered through appropriate media prior to disposal. Biohazards (such as experimental plates of bacteria or potential pathogens) are autoclaved before disposal with typical trash.

Untreated animal parts are buried off-campus at an appropriate site in accordance with Vermont state regulations.

Because the volume of hazardous chemical waste is so small, these materials are taken to the Poultney Transfer Station during the times that hazardous waste is accepted.

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

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