Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Lexi Brewer
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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University of Puget Sound
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 John Hickey
Associate Vice President of Business Services/Community Engagment
Business Services
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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:

We are not a large generator of waste. We substitute non-hazardous or less hazardous materials whenever feasible. Sciences use micro-experiments to minimize quantities of hazardous laboratory materials. University staff also work cooperatively with the State of Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) regarding handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. Each year two reports are provided to DOE: the Dangerous Waste Report, which documents proper disposal of waste, and a Pollution Prevention Plan, which seeks to minimize the amount of hazardous waste produced on campus.

We developed alternate methods and have reduced hazardous waste by converting almost entirely to Green Seal Certified cleaning products by using latex (water based) paint products and by finding less hazardous chemical products for teaching, research, construction, and operations.

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

We have an Environmental Health and Safety manager who oversees the disposal of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste. He coordinates disposal with appropriate department representatives, uses licensed disposal firms, and complies with safety and disposal regulations.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

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