Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 29.38
Liaison Brandon Hoover
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Messiah University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Brandon Hoover
Director of Sustainability
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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:

Each area is asked to follow the policy as outlined in the Waste Manual. We are a CESQG (of hazardous waste) facility which speaks for itself.

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

We contract with Elk Environmental for the majority of these wastes. They are collected, stored, inspected and disposed of in compliance with all federal and state regulations.
All universal waste is collected, stored, inspected and sent to approved facilities for proper recycling.
We burn the waste oil generated on campus in an oil burner for the BTUs. We recycle cardboard, paper, metals. We compost food scraps, wood, leaves & grass clippings. The used vegetable oil collected goes to a biodiesel generator for use in their process.

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

We have had NONE

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

We do not have such a system. We order limited amounts of the chemicals used. We very seldom dispose of any chemicals due to expiration or no longer needing them. Our waste are spent chemicals that are no longer usable.

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 IT department holds an annual used technology sale where they sell used college equipment to interested faculty and staff. All items not sold are disposed of in partnership with an educationally related recycling company that comes and picks up our parts and non-working equipment. They take our old equipment and try to fix what they can for other educational institutions. We send them cables, mice, KB, as well as the computers and monitors.

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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