Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.03
Liaison Laurel Pikcunas
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Michelle Nathan
Assistant Professor
Math and Natural Science
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

This campus produces minimal hazardous waste. Disposal of hazardous waste is directed by Miles Nirei, the systemwide Environmental Health and Safety officer. His role includes ensuring procedures are up to date with EPA standards and regularly trains and reports on departments that handle hazardous waste.

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

Honolulu CC has 4 sources of hazardous waste:

1) The Automotive Technology department: this department recycles paint (99.9%), the program produces no heavy metal waste. Automotive donates oil to the plantations.
2) Marine Education Training Center: Hull cleaning on boats was apart of the curriculum at METC. The wash water is then put through a pin flocculation machine that removes all metals that were in the bottom paint. This residue is considered hazardous waste. Though less than a pint was created, this waste was then given to Miles Nirei for proper disposal. As the Small Vessel has been discontinued, there will no longer be hazardous waste generated at METC.
3) Library: Microfiche Film is disposed of using the process described below.
4) Kaleloa Airport – Used oil and petroleum are disposed of through a private contractor.

Important: the above are considered hazardous waste and are federally regulated by the EPA. The campus is legally allowed to store up to 200 kg on site. At that point (usually every 3-4 years) the campus sends out a Superquote, Miles Nirei the systemwide Environmental Health and Safety officer comes to the campus to help pack the items and sign the manifest and it is sent away with the vendor. Honolulu CC recycles most of what it has, it’s a small amount and it is not considered hazardous waste.

Note: No hazardous waste is produced in the Science laboratories on campus.

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

No incidents have occurred during the previous three years.

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

No chemicals are reused.

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:

At Honolulu CC Helen Rapozo in IT sends out an email to the campus staff with a time window and where to drop off E-Waste which then is picked up by an E-Waste recycling company. Hon CC does not have a current contract for E-waste recycling so bids are placed by different E-Waste recycling companies. From 2013-2017 HonCC had an Apple Corporate Recycling (ACR contact). Hazardous materials are tracked as they are an extra fee to dispose of. Waste is billed by the pound, so E-waste weight is also recorded. HonCC works to extend the lifetime of electronics by fixing items and passing them along to departments in need. The campus does not participate in an official recycling program for either campus staff or students' E-Waste. No items are ever gathered from students. Only items which the campus purchases and uses are collected.

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Miles Nirei (Env Health and Safety Officer for CC campuses);
David Tanaka (VC Facilities at Honolulu CC);
Bert Y Shimabakuro Tech I Division Chair.

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