Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.51
Liaison Dan DeZarn
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Geneseo
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Dan Dezarn
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

SUNY Geneseo follows the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act), which is a federal Hazardous Waste Program implemented by the states. The Environmental Health Services of SUNY Geneseo disposes of hazardous waste according to RCRA regulations.

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

Waste is disposed of by the College four times per year (every 90 days). Environmental Health Services will pick up properly documented and packaged wastes and will store them in the hazardous waste building prior to their final disposal.

Storing Waste Prior To Pickup:
All waste shall be stored in a safe and secure area. Waste shall remain in such areas until picked up by EHS. Waste must be put into containers that must be labeled and in good condition.

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


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

Reagent chemicals offered to the Chemical Exchange Program shall continued to be stored by the listing Department until a user is found. If this is not possible, or if an appreciable amount of time has expired with no result, resubmit the chemical through the Mixed Chemical Waste Form as hazardous waste and EHS will pick up the material and dispose of it.

There are chemicals considered unsuitable for exchange. Examples of these include (but are not limited to) Peroxides, High Hazard Chemicals, Chloroform, Formic Acid, Methyl methacrylate, and Styrene. Chemicals considered unsuitable will not be offered on the exchange. Unsuitable chemicals must be reported to EHS as hazardous waste using the Mixed Chemical Waste Form. Please educate yourself about suitable chemicals for the exchange before submitting them through the Unwanted Chemical Exchange Form. Please see the Individual Chemical section of the Mixed Waste and Individual Chemical Forms introduction for more information.

Single chemical only per submission required. If there is more than one chemical to submit to the exchange, complete a new submission request for each one.

A form and proper training is required.

Directly from the form itself (which requires individuals to sign in with their Geneseo credentials: https://www.geneseo.edu/is/wasteforms/unwanted-exchange.php?)

If there is a faculty member who has additional uncontaminated chemicals they do not need or no longer wish to store in their own labs, they'll send out an email to chemistry faculty and staff and ask if anyone would like to take the chemicals for their own labs. These chemicals are then absorbed by colleague labs and inventoried.

There is a process for Laboratory Decommissioning, and while faculty will also engage both systems, the colleague communication and the Unwanted Chemical Exchange form, Geneseo's Chemical Hygiene Plan Section 7.10) also specifies an SOP. Section is specific to unwanted chemicals.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

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:

(From the SUNY Geneseo Environmental Health and safety website)

If you need to dispose of any electronic equipment, you must first fill out the SUNY Geneseo Equipment Transfer/Surplus Form and submit it to the Procurement & Property Control Services Department in Erwin Hall 218. Upon receipt of the Equipment Transfer/Surplus Form, the Procurement & Property Control Services Office will coordinate the efforts of the appropriate parties, such as Facilities Services, Computer Information & Technology, and Environmental Health & Safety, to facilitate proper disposal. All attempts should be made by the generating departments to bring their computer related equipment to CIT or all other electronics to EHS, if possible. Departments unable to hand deliver items will be asked to provide an account number to generate a work order so the moving crew’s time may be charged appropriately.

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

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:

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

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