Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Todd Holland
Projects and Operations Manager
Facilities & Grounds
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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:
The College employs several strategies for reducing chemical waste. An on-line chemical inventory in the Science Center allows all faculty and staff to check availability prior to ordering new chemicals. Chemicals are purchased in limited quantities, so that they can all be used. The Science Department has actively worked to reduce the amount and toxicity of chemicals used.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Hampshire College disposes of all hazardous, special and universal chemical waste in accordance with RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act). Non-regulated chemicals are evaluated and often also sent to licensed facilities. Waste is shipped to several licensed waste management facilities. The preferred disposal methods are recycling, treatment, and incineration.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
In November 2017 a vendor’s truck burst a hydraulic line, spilling less than 10 gallons of oil. MassDEP notification was not required but we called to seek advice. College staff spread absorbent and placed booms to contain the spill to impermeable blacktop, keeping it away from storm drains and vegetation. The vendor hired a licensed hazmat cleaning company, which spread more absorbent and used mechanical brooms for cleanup. All absorbent, pads, booms, and other contaminated equipment was collected in drums and taken off site for disposal at a licensed facility. Jewel Environmental Corporation was hired to assess the scene, and determined that a condition of No Significant Risk was achieved, and closed it out with a Permanent Solution statement. Further, pursuant to 310 CMR 40.0960, a level of No Significant Risk to Safety was also achieved.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
Hampshire utilizes a program called EHE (Environmental Health and Engineering) by NGenious Solutions/SharePoint Consultants. This inventory system helps track the location and amounts of chemicals in the Science Center, and with laboratory sharing policies, it helps to reduce the amount of chemicals purchased. This minimizes exposure to students and employees, reduces costs, and ultimately reduces the College’s hazardous waste stream.

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:
The IT Department controls all computer equipment they provide and either redeploy it or collect it for recycling. Campus offices and departments with electronic equipment that does not need to be removed from the IT inventory can contact Facilities for pick up. Students are encouraged to use campus e-waste drop-off locations for electronics, batteries, and compact fluorescent lamps.

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:
6.47 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Information supplied by Corey Lynch, Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator.

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