Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.46
Liaison Sarah Gilly
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2015
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Stevens Institute of Technology
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 David Fernandez
Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

Stevens is a Small Quantity Generator as defined by the US EPA. As such, we collect our hazardous waste in satellite accumulation areas and then they are consolidated in our 180 Day Storage Facility. The hazardous waste is then collected and transported by a licensed hazardous waste vendor and sent to a permitted facility for treatment, recycling , or disposal. Universal waste are collected on campus and stored in accordance with regulated storage times and then transported off site by a licensed universal waste vendor to a permitted facility for treatment disposal or recycling. The same is done with our electronics waste

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

Stevens employs a chemical inventory database which allows us to track and maintain inventory which reduces the amount of chemicals purchased and ultimately disposed. Lab personnel can check the inventory before ordering a chemical to ensure there are no duplicate purchases. We have also transitioned to micro-scaling experiments in our teaching and research labs.

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

No significant hazardous material releases within the past 3 years

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

Stevens utilizes a computer based inventory system to inventory all laboratory chemicals purchased and stored on campus. The system was developed at Stevens. When chemicals arrive on campus they are delivered the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) office where the package is inspected and opened. The information about the chemical and the purchaser are entered into a database and a barcode is produced. The barcode is applied to the container and the container is delivered to the appropriate lab. When chemicals are transferred or otherwise relocated, a new barcode is created. Labs are inventoried annually by EHS to ensure all chemicals are in our inventory system. Labs requesting chemicals contact EHS with the chemical information and our staff searches the database to determine if we have the chemical in stock or if it can be borrowed from another researcher. This reduces the amount of chemicals that need to be ordered.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

Electronics waste is collected by the Facilities department and stored on site until a regular pick up by our electronics waste vendor. Regentech picks up the waste and provides documentation on the amount of material collected and recycled. The waste is recycled off site at Regentech's facility

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

Stevens ensures that our vendor is licensed with the state of NJ and that they do not have any violations with the NJDEP or other agencies. A visit to the facility is being scheduled.

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

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