Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 36.75
Liaison Audrey McSain
Submission Date July 10, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Lehigh University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gary Falasca
Director
Facilities Services
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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:

The university is working toward identifying improvements to our laboratory chemical waste programs in an effort to increase the amounts of chemicals that are shared between laboratories.


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

Environmental Health & Safety requires that all hazardous waste is tagged, capped, closed and submitted to EH&S for proper disposal. Departmentally-generated batteries are disposed of through a campus approved vendor. Lamps, ballasts and mercury-containing equipment are also collected and sent to campus-approved licensed disposal contractor.


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

not applicable


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

Chemicals no longer wanted by departments can notify EH&S to help either find a new owner or dispose of the materials properly.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

Student e-waste program to commence in spring 2014. Students, faculty and staff can drop off unwanted electronic items to on campus collection point. Items that are still in usable condition can be selected to be sold at a community sale which raises money for K-12 homework clubs. Items not diverted to sale will be recycled by e-steward vendor.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

University-wide collections held a minimum of twice annually. Hard drives of all collected materials removed and cleaned prior to disposal. Fee attached to purchase of new electronics and held in a central account to cover cost of future disposal. Vendors are required to have either e-stewards and/or R2 certifications


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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