Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.86
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

Villanova University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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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. The online system to share chemicals is called ChemShare
c) Buy chemicals under the agreement that you can return the unused portion. For example, Villanova leases gas cylinders or try to buy under an agreement so that unused cylinders can be returned to vender.
d) Universal Waste = certain types of hazardous waste that are recycled. (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. Villanova ships universal waste at least twice annually to maintain compliance with universal waste standards. Pick-ups are done on an “as needed” basis. ( e-waste is considered Universal Waste provided it’s recycled).


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, ChemShare. Its main purpose is to track our chemicals but it can be used to share or redistribute chemicals. In 2014 we updated our on line chemical inventory system, Chimera, to a cloud based inventory system known as ChemShare.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish 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), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

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. Anything with a plug or battery is recycled in our e-waste program.


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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