Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Loyola Marymount University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Antonio Chavez, III
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

Loyola Marymount University has a well thought out and precise strategy to safely dispose of all hazardous waste that is produced within the university. Once the hazardous material is deemed trash it is picked up bi-weekly and prepared for transportation.

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

Our hazardous waste is dealt with by Heritage Environmental Services which is state and federal approved hazardous waste service. Heritage transports the waste to their yard in Collage, Arizona where it is properly disposed of. Most of the Hazardous and chemical waste collected at LMU is byproduct of laboratory work.

Medical waste is collected weekly. This is sent to Vernon, California through the company Stericycle who is also federally approved to dispose of waste in the proper way. Once in Vernon, the waste is disposed of properly and safely.

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

A vehicle accident that created an automobile fluids "spill" ( antifreeze, oils). The spilled area consisted of 5'x5' (about 1.5 gal. of antifreeze & 1/2 gal of oils). We proceeded to secure the area, don level D PPE and apply vermiculite onto the spill site. With brooms and shovels we gathered up the fluids and placed into a container for disposal.

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

When a LMU staff member contacts our department (EH&S), we require an inventory list of "waste " chemicals. After gathering the waste chemicals , I proceed to deliver them to our Hazardous waste storage location, where I segregate / place within a container for disposal.
Various chemicals are also placed with in a chemical storage cabinet for our contractor to segregate and lab pack for disposal. We dispose of our hazardous waste every 90 days at a designated facility.

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 e-waste is consolidated at our on-site recycling center and then recycled through certified e-waste companies. LMU Recycling handles hundreds of service requests for the removal of unwanted electronics each semester.
This includes all computer components that have been rejected by the IT e-waste program.

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:

My main duties on campus are to acquire any "waste"chemicals for proper disposal.
The waste chemicals are spent.
The automobile fluids that are spent (antifreeze, oils, parts washer fluids, and automobile batteries), are therefore sent out for reuse.

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