|Submission Date||May 1, 2014|
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management
Director of Sustainability Integration
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:
Non hazardous alternatives are investigated including administrative controls that can eliminate or avoid the generation of hazardous wastes. One example is our using laundered shop rags in our Auto Shop instead of using disposable absorbents which, once soaked in oil become hazardous waste. Another example is when left over paint comes in; we give it away rather than disposing of it as a waste. Our science center is managed closely so that only enough materials are ordered to meet class/lab needs.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
All universal wastes are shipped to a recycler. All wastes are stored and shipped properly to ensure compliance with regulations and to prevent a release. End disposals are researched to ensure proper handling.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
There have not been 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:
Before any chemical order is placed the individual is requested to ask if anyone, in the department, has what they need. Our credo is to order what is needed and consume what is ordered.
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):
Institutionally-generated materials are brought back to a central location. Materials are then evaluated for re-use. Units that are still useable are wiped of information and donated to local organizations and schools. Parts are used for repairs. All materials not being used for donation or reuse are recycled.
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
All electronics waste is collected and shipped to a local Recycler (http://www.retroworks.net/). We have toured their facility and are provided with a certificate of recycling.
The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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