|Submission Date||March 2, 2018|
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
OP-21: Hazardous Waste 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:
Many professors and staff within the sciences are open to switching to new, less-hazardous alternatives if the new chemical has no short-comings in performance and is comparable in cost.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Chemical waste generated through the science departments is temporarily stored in nonflammable safety cabinets. Twice a year, a certified hazardous materials manager from Advanced Waste Solutions, Inc. inventories, documents and overpacks (i.e. process of placing the chemicals into drums that comply with Department of Transportation haz-waste regulations) the waste for removal by Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Company from the haz-mat storage container.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
None to report
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
The inventory system was written by Microsoft Access. We do not reuse any chemicals from our stock, but the Colleges do try to update the database when chemicals are moved around amongst the Colleges’ different departments.
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:
All college e-waste is diverted to the Colleges' central electronic waste holding area. Once a full load has been gathered, the e-waste handler takes the load for proper disposal (or resale). http://www.ewaste.com/
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:
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