Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.47
Liaison Claudia Kent
Submission Date June 29, 2020

STARS v2.2

Haverford College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Kent
Sustainability Coordinator/Organic Garden Advisor
Facilities Management
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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:

As an example, the Chemistry Department has endeavored to scale down procedures to use fewer chemicals. A chemical inventory system is in use that allows members of the Chemistry and Biology Departments to share chemicals reducing redundant purchases. The Grounds Department has limited their use of pesticides and herbicides and switched to less hazardous materials for control of pests and weeds.

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

A hazardous and universal waste disposal takes place semi-annually and is conducted by ACV Enviro. ACV Enviro recycles the electronic waste with Eforce recycling. In addition to the semiannual disposal, the Grounds Department conducts an annual electronic waste recycling event. The electronic waste from that event is recycled by PAR Recycleworks.

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

On November 13, 2018, an auxiliary diesel fuel tank malfunctioned and overfilled the fuel tank on an emergency generator. The fuel entered a storm water drain and traveled to a headwall area that discharges into a creek. The majority of the fuel pooled at the headwall and did not enter the creek. The small amount of fuel that did enter the creek was captured by absorbent booms. When the spill was discovered, absorbent booms were placed where the creek leaves the college property. ACV Enviro responded with an emergency response crew and removed pooled oil with a vacuum truck and placed absorbents in other areas. The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, Delaware County Emergency Management and Haverford Township Emergency Management were notified and inspected the spill area. The estimated volume of the spill was less than 50 gallons and no fines were issued.

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

The Chemistry and Biology Departments use the Vertere Inventory Management System. This system tracks the date the chemicals were placed in service, the volume, location of the chemicals and when the chemical has been expended. The Chemistry and Biology stockroom manager purchases chemicals for both departments to help eliminate redundant, excessive and unauthorized purchases.

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:

Institutional electronic waste recycling is conducted semi-annually with the hazardous chemical waste disposal.

A separate electronic waste recycling event is conduct in the spring of each year. This event is open to the entire college community including faculty, staff and students.

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Mark Sweeney, Safety Coordinator/Associate Director: Safety and Security.

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