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Liaison Alexis Reyes
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2015
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Pomona College
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Robin Xu
SIO Staff
Sustainability Integration Office
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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:

Pomona's chemistry department facilitates a computer inventory of chemicals in the stockroom to prevent repeat-purchasing, increase efficiency, and decrease waste. The Sustainability Integration Office's green office program and website encourage faculty, staff, and students to purchase rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. The SIO's website also contains outreach information on how to properly dispose of hazardous wastes.


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

North State Environmental collects the College's hazardous waste when necessary. North State Environmental is a registered hazardous waste transporter with the State of California, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. EPA. The company provides environmental documentation including certificates of disposal.


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

N/A


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

Pomona's chemistry department facilitates a computer inventory of chemicals in the stockroom to prevent repeat-purchasing, increase efficiency, and decrease waste. This resource is available for all other departments to access.


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):

The Recycling Center in the Smith Campus Center provides a receptacle for electronic waste and there is a dumpster in the Grounds Facility yard for larger electronic wastes.


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

The College uses All Green Recycling (http://www.allgreenrecycling.com), a California State approved electronic waste recycling center. All Green holds e-Stewards, R2 and ISO14001 certifications. The company adheres to international definitions of electronics recycling and has complete transparency in the chain of custody of disposed toxic materials. All-Green Recycling has a zero-landfill policy, ensuring that all materials recovered are recycled appropriately. A written Illness and Injury prevention program and strict site closure plans for potentially hazardous processing technologies protect the basic safety of employees.


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

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