|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Oct. 30, 2014|
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management
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Director of Sustainability
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:
Very few hazardous materials are used on campus. Fluorescent bulbs, unused paint, automotive fluids, and any general use toxic chemicals are stored safely in a locked area and disposed of on a regular basis.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Through licensed, independent contractors.
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:
In General Chemistry, we have green lab exercises in that we are conscious of using as little chemicals as possible, generating very little waste. We have been known to reuse some of the "waste" generated by one exercise for the next one.
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):
All e-waste is collected by the recycling program either through IT (institution-generated) or by special collection (student-generated) and stored separately on site.
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
Materials are stored on-site and then collected by an outside e-waste recycling contractor or delivered to the nearby regional recycling facility.
The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
Unity College generates very little hazardous waste. Chemistry labs use micro-techniques to reduce use of chemicals and the Facilities Department has used only 'green' products for years.
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