Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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STARS v2.0

North Carolina State University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ken Kretchman
Director of EHS
Environmental Health and 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?:
Yes

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

Each generator of a hazardous material is required to certify that they are taking all reasonable steps to reduce the hazards of the chemicals and gases they use, utilize the least hazardous material practicable, and consider strategies to minimize or eliminate hazardous waste streams.


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

Each generator of a hazardous material is required to certify that they are taking all reasonable steps to reduce the hazards of the chemicals and gases they use, utilize the least hazardous material practicable, and consider strategies to minimize or eliminate hazardous waste streams.

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)provides a single collection service for chemical, radioactive, mixed (radioactive hazardous), and biological waste programs. The goal of EH&S is to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and State of North Carolina regulations, while providing convenient and responsive service to the hundreds of University labs, shops, and storage facilities that generate wastes. Disposal or reuse/reclamation is accomplished through use of private companies.


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

There were no signficant hazardous material releases during this period, only small, contained, incidental releases inside buildings.


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

EHS assists with chemical sharing at times of lab rennovation, moves, or shutdown


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):

Waste Reduction and Recycling also has yellow bins, clearly marked for electronics recycling, at waste and recycling sites throughout campus. Bins are checked and emptied weekly.

NC State offers two annual electronics drives for off campus materials. Staff, Faculty and Students are encouraged to bring their old electronic items in to be recycled on these two days. Electronics are also collected during the Move-out program called Pack-N-Go.


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

NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling uses a network of non-profit organizations to process the material. Waste Reduction and Recycling refurbishes what it can and recycle the rest. Inkjet cartridges get re-manufactured and, when possible, cell phones and some computers get refurbished. Material that has no further operating life is broken down to its smallest components (metals, plastics, etc.) and used in the manufacturing of new products. Unlike some recycling companies, all of the material that GreenDisk collects is reused or recycled. No hazardous materials or obsolete components go overseas to be processed or disposed of.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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