Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.51
Liaison Karen Eckert, Ph.D.
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Principia College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Trebe Bradfisch
Receiving & Purchasing Manager
Facilities
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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:

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:

There have been 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 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), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

MRC, an R2-certified No-Landfill recycler, is Principia College's e-waste hauler. Internally, used laptops are made available to international (and other) students who may not have one, and offered for loan when a personal laptop breaks down. In 2020, the Center for Sustainability in partnership with the Office of Information Technology donated 3 pallets (48 computers and monitors) to People in Action, a nonprofit in the Caribbean island of Grenada to distribute to local schools during the pandemic.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
3.60 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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