Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.22
Liaison Rich Walker
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kevin Adkins
Sustainability Officer
Vice Chancellor for Administration
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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:

SIUE has adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which was instituted by a Presidential Directive to ensure all institutions and emergency response agencies have a framework to work effectively and efficiently during emergency response and recovery efforts. Emergency Management and Safety is responsible for developing and revising emergency operations plans, recruiting and training an emergency response team and operating and maintaining an emergency operations center.

Emergency Management and Safety is also responsible for ensuring University compliance with federal and state worker safety and environmental regulations and policies. The Emergency Management and Safety department is responsible for hazardous materials handling and disposal, which includes hazardous, bio-hazardous and radiological materials. In addition, SIUE employees can request that an ergonomic assessment of their workstation is performed to ensure they have a safe working environment.


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

SIUE has adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) which was instituted by a Presidential Directive to ensure all institutions and emergency response agencies have a framework to work effectively and efficiently during emergency response and recovery efforts. Emergency Management and Safety is responsible for developing and revising emergency operations plans, recruiting and training an emergency response team and operating and maintaining an emergency operations center.

Emergency Management and Safety is also responsible for ensuring University compliance with federal and state worker safety and environmental regulations and policies. The Emergency Management and Safety department is responsible for hazardous materials handling and disposal, which includes hazardous, bio-hazardous and radiological materials. In addition, SIUE employees can request that an ergonomic assessment of their workstation is performed to ensure they have a safe working environment.


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

In the process of installing new windows on various buildings asbestos was found and mitigated.


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

Micro Chemistry. For many years now, the Chemistry Department has been using a “micro chemistry” approach in its organic chemistry teaching. With this concept very small amounts of chemicals are used to teach chemical reactions. This reduces the amount of chemicals going into the waste stream and cost to the department. We also participate in a chemical exchange program, where excess chemicals are offered to local schools.


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):

This is basically how we function as to recycling of SIUE owned electronics.
All electronics that are no longer of use to the University are sent to SIUE Surplus Property
for disposition. If the items are not able to be re-issued to any SIUE Department or to any
other State Agency, they are sent to a recycler.
Currently the recycler approved by CMS is Secure Processor’s in Flora, IL. Items are de-processed
to recover usable raw materials such as connections, memory chips, plastic cases, etc. All hard drives are removed
and shredded. The shredded materials are then recycled as scrap metal to be melted down and reprocessed.
We are also able to send to secure Processors scrap industrial plastics such as pallet wrap, broken letter trays, etc.
as well as surplus books and periodicals from Lovejoy Library, this allows us to divert these items from the waste stream.
If you have any questions, please call.
Thank you,
Ron

Ron Klaustermeier
Distribution Services Supervisor


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

This is basically how we function as to recycling of SIUE owned electronics.
All electronics that are no longer of use to the University are sent to SIUE Surplus Property
for disposition. If the items are not able to be re-issued to any SIUE Department or to any
other State Agency, they are sent to a recycler.
Currently the recycler approved by CMS is Secure Processor’s in Flora, IL. Items are de-processed
to recover usable raw materials such as connections, memory chips, plastic cases, etc. All hard drives are removed
and shredded. The shredded materials are then recycled as scrap metal to be melted down and reprocessed.
We are also able to send to secure Processors scrap industrial plastics such as pallet wrap, broken letter trays, etc.
as well as surplus books and periodicals from Lovejoy Library, this allows us to divert these items from the waste stream.
If you have any questions, please call.
Thank you,
Ron

Ron Klaustermeier
Distribution Services Supervisor


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

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