Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Delicia Nahman
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Lafayette College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Yvonne Noonan
Hazardous Materials Technician / Chemical Stores Manager
Chemistry
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

If in experiments using chemicals, the experiment can be scaled down while maintaining the same results, many professors will scale down the experiment to reduce chemical use.
In addition, Lafayette allows departments to share their excess chemicals (e.g., if the chemistry department orders 100g of perchloric acid for an experiment and uses only 50g, if biology needs perchloric acid they can get extra from chemistry instead of purchasing their own.)


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

Lafayette staff tags all hazardous waste with a label detailing the waste (its chemical make up, amount, disposal methods, etc.) and then has a third party (Veolia Environmental Services) dispose of the waste in a safe manner.


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

None have occurred in the last three years.


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

All academic departments using chemicals have an inventory system which has been digitized to allow information to be shared. All purchases must go through one person (the responsible party for this credit) who can reuse excess chemicals.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

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:

For electronic waste generated by the college itself, our Information Technology Services (ITS) team collects all such waste, determines if it should be reused, donated to an outside institution, or recycled. If a device is to be reused, ITS shall take necessary steps to wipe the device and otherwise refurbish it. If a device is to be donated or recycled, ITS arranges to have our Plant Operations team to deliver it to whichever outside group it is going to.

For student generated waste, a collection bin is left in the student center where students can deposit their e-waste. Plant Operations collects this waste and delivers it to be recycled.


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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