Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.37
Liaison Angie Kim
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Purchase College - State University of New York
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Angie Kim
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

Employees are expected to limit the use of hazardous, special, universal and non-regulated chemical waste. Only specialized departments have the capability to order these types of materials on campus.


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

Steps taken are via contracts that conform to SUNY Systems, state, and federal regulations.


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

N/a


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

Laboratories are managed by designated employees in each academic departments. Many of these employees utilize reuse and redistribution of lab chemicals within academic departments. The Sustainability Office is currently exploring, with a student, to implement a reuse/recycling program for Natural Sciences.


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?:
Yes

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:

Electronic waste is generated both by the institution during lab and technology updates as well as students throughout the year. The CTS Help Desk is contacted first regarding college equipment, as they must take it off their inventory and wipe hard drives before allowing it to leave campus. Student e-waste is collected in the basement of the library for various items such as broken electronics, batteries, cords, ink cartridges, etc. The equipment from CTS and from the library collection bins are then transported to tunnel room T-33. When sufficient quantity is accumulated it is picked up for proper recycling by E-Works. Offices also save their used ink and toner cartridges for bulk shipments to send back to manufacturing companies to be reused and recycled.


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

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:
2.70 Tons

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