Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.54
Liaison Stephane Menand
Submission Date June 22, 2017
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Missouri University of Science and Technology
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Tony Hunt
Assistant Director
Environmental Health & 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:

Missouri S&T maintains a campus-wide Waste Minimization Program to reduce hazardous, special, universal and non-regulated chemical waste generated on campus. The Waste Minimization Program includes a Chemical Redistribution and Recycling Program and provides guidance to the campus on minimizing the volume and toxicity of hazardous waste at Missouri S&T as well as guidance on and source reduction, recycling measures and employee training and awareness. The Environmental Health and Safety department produces an annual Waste Minimization report that describes the efforts Missouri S&T has taken to reduce waste each year.

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

The Missouri University of Science and Technology endeavors to comply with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations including those set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Noncompliance with Federal and/or State statutes and their associated regulations can result in significant penalties and fines to the university and its employees. Applicable statues include, but are not limited to, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Detailed waste management procedures are made available to the campus at: http://ehs.mst.edu/wastemanagement/ehsmanualwastemanage/index.html#Waste%20Management%20Procedures.

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 incident 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:

Missouri S&T maintains a Chemical Redistribution and Recycling Program which is designed to give researchers access to unused chemical compounds on the campus. Using the University’s CHEMTRAK system, an on-line chemical inventory and tracking system, users are able to search the inventory for unused and unwanted chemicals. This program reduces chemical waste volumes and eliminates chemical purchasing costs of new chemicals, disposal costs of unused chemicals and disposal costs of unused portions of chemicals which would have been purchased new.

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:

University Surplus accepts electronic waste from the departments, including computers and monitors that Information Technology has determined cannot be redistributed to the campus. Once Surplus receives the items, they are either reused, sold, recycled, or sent to Dell Recovery. The unusable, nonhazardous components are sold to dealers who reclaim the recyclable components. Potentially hazardous electronic waste is recycled through the Dell Recovery Program. Through this program, the University receives a certificate from Dell verifying the materials were properly recycled.
Each year near Earth Day, University Surplus hosts a special event and picks up electronic waste at no cost to the departments.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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