Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.89
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2016
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Saint Mary's College of California
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Viola
Director of Facilities Services
Facilities Services
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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:

Saints Mary’s College takes steps to reduce specific hazardous chemicals as well as general reduction in the generation of Universal Wastes, e-wastes. Steps have been taken to reduce or eliminate certain hazardous chemicals from use at the campus. This includes mercury, chloroform and other highly toxic compounds. Specific actions have been implemented to minimize the purchase and stocking of many hazardous chemicals to reduce waste from expired and unwanted chemicals. Universal and non-regulated wastes are minimized by not stocking them and only purchasing what is needed.


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

Saint Mary’s College safely disposes of hazardous and Universal wastes by collecting these wastes in specially designated containers/areas by trained personnel and then utilizing specialized and licensed contractors to remove these wastes in a regulated and controlled manner. Non-regulated wastes, including sanitary sewer discharges are regulated and monitored by the local POTW to ensure compliance with the applicable wastewater discharge permit.


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

No significant release incidents.


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

The School of Science has implemented a new chemical inventory management system. This system will track the inventory of the chemicals used, purchased and stored as well as centralize ordering of chemicals and logging into the system upon receipt.


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):

All electronic waste is collected in specified locations. When collection receptacles full, a vendor removes this waste for recycling and metal reclamation offsite. The College recovers the value of the recycled metal.


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

Saint Mary’s College uses Freon Free, Inc., a vendor licensed for the recycling of e-wastes, as well as Freon-containing equipment.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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Currently, all e-waste is shipped for recycle offsite. This waste is minimized by reducing the inventory of new items and only purchasing what is needed.

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