|Submission Date||March 3, 2022|
University of Hawaii Maui College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management
|0.50 / 1.00||
Sustainable Science Management
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:
"1. Buying chemicals in smaller amounts - try to accurately estimate the amount of a chemical they expect to use. even though the ""large ecomony size"" costs less, disposal costs can be more than the chemical itself.
2. Recycling and redistribution - the policy states that effort should be made to find someone in the lab or department who can use the hazardous material before it is submitted as waste for contract disposal
3. The policy encourages use of less hazardous or non-hazardous materials. Listed within the policy are alternatives for cleaning solutions and drying agents that are recommended becuse of their low toxicity or easier/cheaper to dispose of. The policy also encourages the institution to replace mercury thermometers with non-mercury thermometers when possible because broken mercury thermometers can create spills that pose a health hazard, time consuming to clean up, and is one of the most expensive hazardous wastes to dispose of. "
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The HMMP states that hazardous waste disposal requires hiring a licensed hazardous wate contractor. An annual hazardous waste inventory form must be submitted and all waste to be disposed of must be listed. Drain disposal is prohibited. All liquid prior to drain disposal, except clean water, is reviewed prior to drain disposal. The policy lists items that may not be disposed of down a drain following city and county ordinances.
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:
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:
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:
This information was given by David Tamanaha, VC of Operations at UHMC