Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.85
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2015
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Principia College
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for Sustainability
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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:

The Facilities Department follows all state and federal laws governing hazardous waste disposal.


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

The Facilities Department follows all state and federal laws governing hazardous waste disposal. Materials are separated and conveyed by professional contractors to designated disposal sites.


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

(none)


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

The Principia College Chemistry department has a continuously updated inventory of all chemicals in their possession. Any organic chemical waste gets placed in a large, central container that is labeled with all of the waste contents, which is then stored in a fume hood. Once the container gets full enough, the chemical waste disposal company is called and they come to pick it up. Any inorganic chemical waste is disposed of down the drain, provided that it will not cause any issues with the water system and the building's piping system.


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):

MRC St. Louis is Principia College's e-waste recycling provider. They are an R2 certified recycling company and has a no-landfill policy. All electronic waste generated by the institution and students is given to MRC St. Louis. For details, see http://prinweb.principia.edu/internal/facilities/recycling


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 R2 certification from SERI follows a set of stringent and comprehensive guidelines regarding workers' basic safety and environmental standards. MRC St. Louis would not have achieved R2 certification if their practices did not follow the stringent and comprehensive guidelines that SERI has stipulated.


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

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