Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Karen Talentino
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Karen Talentino
Professor of Biology
Biology
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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:

Due to the small size of our campus, the efforts of our science programs to reduce such use (e.g., green chemistry), and our use of green cleaning supplies, we have minimal hazardous and chemical wastes. For the amounts that we do have on campus please refer to the responses below that outline how they are handled.


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

The college’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator works with various departments and faculty across campus to ensure proper disposal of any/all hazardous waste/chemicals used on campus. Battery collection containers are located throughout key offices for collection, as well as in the Mail Room. Any compact fluorescent bulbs that have expired/broken are properly disposed of through the college’s Facilities Department. Faculty and students in the Chemistry and Biology departments must participate in a hazardous waste training session with the Coordinator to ensure proper handling and disposal of chemicals used in the laboratories. Furthermore, the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator conducts regular hazardous waste pick-ups for proper disposal of items.


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 Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator works with faculty in the Chemistry and Biology departments to update all chemicals used in the classrooms.


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?:
No

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:

The Office of Facilities conducts outreach to departments/programs to ensure that employees are aware of mandatory electronic recycling on campus. Employees are able to submit a work order through the Facilities Work Order system for pick-up of any e-waste items for proper recycling. The college works with Good Point Recycling to ensure, safe and ethical recycling of the materials.


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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we have had a very consistent and effective system for hazardous waste management for decades.

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