|Submission Date||Jan. 17, 2014|
Loyola University Chicago
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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:
All chemical purchases are made through a departmental centralized system. Chemicals are delivered to the stockroom managers in Biology and Chemistry who distribute the minimal amounts required for the instructional labs. Inventories are maintained by the stockroom managers.
All hazardous waste and non-regulated waste that cannot be recycled are disposed of through Veolia Environmental Services. Veolia will treat and recycle some hazardous waste as well as fuel blend some waste. We have a recycling program for lamps, ballasts, e-waste ink-jet and toner cartridges.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
We contract with an environmental service company for proper disposal of our hazardous waste and non-regulated chemical waste. We have a separate service for recycling our lamps, ballasts and batteries.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
We have not had a significant hazardous material release in the past three years. We have a contract for emergency response services for hazardous spills.
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
We use a web based application for tracking our chemical inventory on campus as well as providing Safety Data Sheets for users and other employees that may have exposure to chemicals during their duties. The chemical stockroom managers have access to all inventory records for their departments. They can redeploy chemicals from one location to another as necessary to minimize the purchase of hazardous chemicals. Here is the web address for our chemical management system. http://msdspro.int.luc.edu:8019/1/locset
Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):
For larger electronics like computers, Loyola's Information Technology Services (ITS) created and administers the “LUC PC Refresh” program. The program’s guidelines cover the recycling and reusing of Loyola owned computer related electronics. Those computer related electronics that meet the minimum criteria are refurbished and reused on campus when possible. Computer related electronics that do not meet this minimum are currently recycled by Chicago Surplus Computer.
Miscellaneous electronic items purchased with University funds such as small desk / inkjet printers, fax machines, scanners, etc. are handled collaboratively with ITS and Facilities Management. When these miscellaneous items are not within the contractual agreement between ITS and Chicago Surplus Computer, the Facilities Management Department steps in to have the current solid waste hauler take the items to an electronics recycling company: Acme Electronics Recycling.
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
The PC Refresh Program at Loyola periodically meets and reviews companies to compare competitive practices and prices regarding data destruction and recycling. Loyola's partner Chicago Surplus Computer follows all federal and state laws regarding e-waste and does not ship overseas. Other partners such as Think Recycle, Recycling Avenue, and Acme Electronics follow laws regarding responsible disposal of e-waste.
The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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