Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.82
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2020
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Temple University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Rebecca Collins
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:

Temple University manages its waste in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations. The University has comprehensive waste management program which utilizes various strategies (training, handbooks, guides, handouts, posters, audits, etc...) to safely manage and minimize its regulated and non-regulated chemical waste. The University has a robust chemical waste minimization program in place. Traditional means of minimization such as purchasing control, operational control, source reduction and inventory and storage controls are used at the University. The University also has successful utilized a mercury thermometer exchange program, chemical redistribution program, solvent recycling program and a rag laundering program to minimize the amount of waste shipped off site for disposal.

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

The University utilizes a process where individuals can request that a chemical waste (hazardous, universal, non-regulated) be safely removed from their area. The chemical waste is transferred to a Central Accumulation Area where it’s classified, segregated and stored to await final disposal.

The University disposes of all chemical waste through a contracted waste vendor. All waste is transported to a permitted TSDF or recycling facility.

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:

he Temple University -Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) has developed a solvent recycling program to help reduce the volume of solvents that are sent off site for disposal as hazardous waste. In addition, the program also assists University faculty and staff to save on purchasing costs.

The solvent recycling program is successful in recovering various solvents for re-use through the University. Some of the solvents that are currently capable of being recovered are listed below:

Acetone Formalin Xylene (s) Ethyl Alcohol

The solvent recovery program is capable of providing purified, distilled product as at technical grade level. The program utilizes proven quality assurance methods to ensure the over-all quality of the product.

The EHRS maintains an inventory of excess recycled solvents that are available at no cost. Refer to the Chemical Redistribution List for the type of solvents that are currently available.

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:

The mission of the Computer Recycling Center is to gather surplus electronic and electronic related equipment from around the university, wipe and destroy any data that is on the equipment, test and refurbish equipment when and where possible, redeploy the equipment where appropriate and lastly arrange for the proper and recommended handling disposal of all unusable equipment and scrap. With equipment that the CRC is not able reuse, it seeks out local third parties that process material locally by breaking materials down to basic commodities for recycling. The CRC seeks third parties that have or are seeking third party certifications for the proper destruction and downstream disposition of our materials. These certifications and permits include but are not limited to Class D Recycling Permits, R2 and/or E-stewards Certifications. The CRC follows up with its own announced and unannounced site visits as well as monitor information related to the industry, organizations and government agencies related to this field. The CRC also requires reports back on the material and weights sent to their facility.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Updated for FY2019

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