Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Ohio University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cliff Hamilton
Environmental Engineer
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?:
Yes

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

On our Environmental Health and Safety website, http://www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/ehs/hazmat/chemical.htm, users of chemicals are encourage to minimize amounts purchased. "Frequently chemical suppliers will attempt to sell more chemicals for less, please don't buy surplus chemicals. Surplus chemicals tend to end up in the chemical waste stream at a later date." Also, the university tracks the purchase of extremely hazardous chemicals and seeks to minimize purchase of future extremely hazardous chemicals.


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

The university has a policy, Policy 44.104, Disposal of Hazardous Materials, for disposal of hazardous materials. The Recycling & Refuse department provides e-waste and universal waste collection such as for batteries and compact fluorescent bulbs. All disposal beyond that point is managed by a third party contractor who abides by human and environmental safety standards.


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

There have been no reportable hazardous material release incidents or any incidents which impacted human health or the environment in the past three years.


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

There is a mechanism in place to give away surplus chemicals for which there is no internal use.


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):

All used electronics and equipment generated from on campus staff, faculty and operations is processed through our surplus dept. for repurposing on campus or for resale. Items deemed unsuitable for re-sale are processed through Campus Recycling with a third party partner who is both R2 and E-Steward certified. Additionally E-waste collection cabinets are located across campus for easy recycling of small electronic waste. Students and off-campus community members are provided two centralized and supervised drop off locations for larger items at no charge. Additionally we host annual community recycling events that include E-Waste as a category of recovery.


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

For easy to handle items, the collection cabinets are a safe way to dispose of items. Other items are picked up by trained recycling/refuse staff. All disposal beyond that point is managed by a third party contractor who R2 and E-Steward certified and abides by human and environmental safety standards.


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

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