Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.55
Liaison Daryl Pierson
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
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Portland State University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 PJ Houser
Office Assistant
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, 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, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Portland State University has procedures in place to dispose of all hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste according to state and federal regulations.

Portland State University has prepared a Toxic Use Reduction and Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan as required by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The Plan documents the following steps taken to reduce use of toxic chemicals and reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated:
-Specifying low toxicity green cleaners to be used by the University’s janitorial contractor.
-Purchasing/Specifying low VOC water based paints for use by the university maintenance crews.
-Following Integrated Pest Management protocols.
-Removal of organic solvent based degreasing tanks.
-Use of micro-scale chemistry techniques in teaching labs.

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

Laboratories, maintenance crews, and others generating regulated wastes are trained to notify Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) for safe removal, storage, and disposal of these wastes. EH&S has contracts with licensed hazardous and universal waste haulers and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities to manage wastes according to state and federal regulatory requirements.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

Information provided by:
Heather Randol
Senior Environmental Advisor
Facilities and Planning
Portland State University

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