Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date April 26, 2011
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Christine Langlois
Assistant Director of Physical Plant for Maintenance and Operations
Physical Plant
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, 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, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

All waste materials at the college are characterized to see if they meet the definition of a hazardous waste material.

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

a. . If it is found that a waste material is hazardous waste, then these wastes are collected and stored in temporary locations known as satellite accumulation areas. The wastes are labeled to identify the contents and the containers are kept closed at all times. In addition, hazardous wastes are segregated to ensure chemical compatibility. Once a satellite accumulation area becomes full, Environmental Health and Safety is contacted to complete a waste pickup for the space. All wastes are collected and transported to a "90-day storage" area on campus. Periodically, the college contacts an outside vendor to pickup all of the waste that has accumulated in the 90-day area. The vendor segregates all of the chemical waste, packs the waste material into drums, labels the drums for transportation, completes shipping paperwork (hazardous waste manifest), and finally loads all of the drums onto a truck for transport. The waste material is then brought to a 10-day storage facility where it is placed on another truck which will take it to the final disposal facility. These disposal facilities are located all over the country and different facilities can accept and process different types of waste. Different treatment options are utilized for different waste streams. Whenever feasible, SUNY ESF prefers to recycle or reclaim waste materials. Examples of this are mercury bearing items such as thermometers and manometers. Another example is bulked solvent waste which is used as a supplemental fuel in cement kilns and is providing BTU recovery. Materials that cannot be recycled are typically sent for incineration or aqueous treatment. SUNY ESF refrains from sending material to landfills for disposal unless there are no other economically viable options.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

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