Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 29.05
Liaison Sally Hopley
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Metropolitan Community College
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sally Hopley
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and 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?:
Yes

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

MCC is working to reduce our hazardous, special, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste by conducting an annual purge to remove unwanted and unnecessary chemicals. We are also taking a more hands-on approach and are working with other departments that haven't previously been involved in the purge to reduce chemicals that we no longer use or need. Additionally, we are improving inventory management to reduce the quantities of chemicals we order, including monitoring and reducing the amount we have on hand. Finally, there is more personal interaction by our Health and Safety Director to educate departments on appropriate chemicals and opportunities for alternatives.


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

MCC hires a contractor to assist with disposal of our hazardous, special, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste.


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

MCC has not and any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years.


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

We do not have a system for the reuse or redistribution of lab chemicals. Our labs are intended spaces for students to learn how to conduct projects in a safe and responsible manner. We do not have research laboratories.

The college has purchased Chemventory through Flinn Scientific. We're working to customize that program and work with various departments in the future. We are currently scheduling to test with our science labs in summer of 2016.


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):

MCC encourages all staff, faculty, and students to drop off old hand-held electronic devices and batteries to be properly recycled. MCC then takes the items to various e-cyclers in the area based on product type. One organization that MCC likes to use
is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and equip disadvantaged and under educated youth and adults through character development, vocational training and job experience. Any items that can't be donated to their organization are taken to a local electronics recycler.

Additionally, for larger items we call in a company with a local presence to haul and recycle the items.

Lastly, for working electronics that we no longer need or use, we offer them on the public auction site for reuse.


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

We do not have a local/regional recycler that is certified under the e-Stewards or R2 standards. However, we do contract with organizations that participate in recycling best practices.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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Information on MCC's hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is currently available on our employee-only Intranet. We will be updating the website to include publicly accessible information on our hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs at a later date. If you need immediate information, please submit a request.

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