Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.96
Liaison Jacob Saffert
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Saint John's University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ben Roske
SJU Office Sustainability
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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:

CSB|SJU takes a number of steps to reduce chemical waste, which are outlined online at our website. They include:

1) Purchasing smaller amounts of chemicals needed. This ultimately saves money as well because buying in bulk means certain chemicals could spoil and be wasted.

2) Centralized purchasing program to ensure full utilization of chemical products.

3) Order reagent chemicals only in amounts needed.

4) Maintain a limited inventory of chemicals on hand so those chemicals do not expire or deteriorate and necessitate disposal.

5) Institute microchemistry (scaling down the experiment to require fewer resources and therefore reduce generated waste).

6) Increase the use of instruments that require less reagent or smaller or fewer samples

7) Procedures that reduce or eliminate the volume of hazardous waste are encouraged. Workers should use the smallest quantity possible of hazardous materials. Whenever possible, the use of hazardous materials should be avoided.

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

In brief, we monitor site-specific generator volume at annual reporting and question or make adjustments thereon. The primary control is education through annual trainings. As for disposal, we a contract with the University of Minnesota for removal/disposal of academic and some non-academic hazardous waste. For universal waste, each has a contract vendor for each specific waste stream. The Director of Environmental Health & Safety here at SJU, Ganard Orionzi, receives manifest records to monitor routine or high-volume waste streams. Check our website (URL) in the public notes for additional information.

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

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