Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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Villanova University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Hector Cuadros
Student
Engineering
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Some of the strategies we use to reduce the volume of chemical waste (both hazardous and non-hazardous) include the following:
a) Buy hazardous chemicals in amounts that will be used up in a year or less.
b) Use our on-line inventory to share or borrow chemicals whenever possible.
c) Buy chemicals under the agreement that you can return the unused portion (a good example would be gas cylinders.)
d) Universal Waste = certain types of hazardous waste that are recycled (generally). Universal waste is a form of waste minimization.
e) Recycle chemicals whenever possible (ie, waste oil)


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

1) We have a contract with a chemical disposal vendor. They take both our hazardous and non-hazardous chemical waste. Pick-ups are done twice a year according to our current EPA generator status.
2) We have several Universal Waste vendors who RECYCLE our universal waste. Pick-ups are done on an “as needed” basis.


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

We have had no significant hazardous material release incidents in the past 3 years.


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

Villanova has an on-line chemical inventory system. Its main purpose is to track our chemicals but it can be used to share or redistribute chemicals. We are also updating the system in 2014 to an inventory system known as Chem-Tracker.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
No

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

All Villanova University members have to contact UNIT or Recycling to have any e-waste removed from their area. Nothing can be put into any dumpsters.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

By Pennsylvania law no e-waste is allowed in our municipal waste. All Villanova e-waste is collected on campus by UNIT (university IT) or Villanova University Recycling. All workers use the necessary safety items when handling the e-waste (gloves and hand trucks). When necessary all data is cleaned from appropriate e-waste and then stored in a garage with all other e-waste. Once the garage is full a licensed e-waste recycler removes all of our e-waste. Villanova receives a certificate from the e-waste recycler certifying that all of Villanova’s e-waste has been recycled.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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