|Submission Date||March 4, 2021|
University of Virginia
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management
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Sustainability Program Manager
Facilities Management - Energy & Utilities
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:
UVa's Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) has implemented a variety of programs to minimize the amount of hazardous, special, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste from UVa. Materials such as batteries, light bulbs, and certain chemicals are also collected throughout the University by EHS for recycling. The batteries are sent for processing to recover the metals. Fluorescent light bulbs are shipped to a facility where the mercury can be recovered and reused and the glass is recycled. The oil and antifreeze collected from from vehicles is recycled through Parking and Transportation. EHS also has a mercury thermometer replacement program and works with labs and departments to replace mercury-containing equipment. Solvents, including xylene and acetone, are recycled through EHS for reuse in other departments. In addition, EHS examines large generators of waste and works with them where possible to reduce their usage or switch to less hazardous chemicals. One example of this program involved working with the undergraduate chemistry labs to scale down the size of their experiments to reduce the quantity of waste generated from the large number of lab classes every semester.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
EHS has protocols, procedures, and policies for safely labeling, collecting and disposing of chemical, radioactive, biohazardous, and other universal hazardous waste. Anyone who works in a laboratory/area where chemicals are used, or who generates Hazardous (Chemical) Waste, must be trained by Environmental Health & Safety (EHS). All wastes are disposed of in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations.
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:
Computers and related parallels are recycled through a recycling company contracted by the UVA. Cell phones, pagers, small electronics, batteries and media related materials (CDs, DVDs, audio and or video tapes) are sent to recyclers for proper refurbishments or recycling. E-cycle secure is the company used by UVA, which is R2 certified. http://www.ecyclesecure.com/AboutUs.html
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:
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