|Submission Date||March 2, 2018|
Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management
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Sustainability Projects and Program Coordinator
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:
Reduce the amount of chemicals ordered to decrease chemical waste. Label all chemical waste containers appropriately. Consolidate compatible chemical waste. Do not let wastes accumulate. Do not abandon labs with chemical wastes left behind. Consult OHES if a new research project is going to begin that will generate large quantities of waste.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Protocols have been developed which instruct, in a step-by-step process, how chemical waste is to be disposed of on both campuses of the university. These protocols are listed in Section XIV (Medical Campus) and Section XV (Academic Campus) of the Environmental Health & Safety Program for Chemical Waste Management.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
There have not been in the last 3 years.
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
The Department of Health and Safety requires yearly chemical inventory.
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, hard drives, keyboards, monitors, fax machines, printers, scanners and microwaves can all be recycled through the E-Waste recycling program. Departments Surplus e-waste items prior to them be accepted for recycling. The Physical Plant Dept. of General Services pick-ups the electronics items for delivery to PPD-Surplus Property Warehouse. Depending upon the condition of the electronoic equipment it is either sold for reuse through the VCU Gov Deals Program or the materials are recycled.
Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
AERC owns and operates electronics processing facilities in four separate geographic locations. Each AERC electronics processing facility has the distinct industry designation of being an R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler™ facility and has been independently certified to achieve these industry designations. These facilities are in Allentown, PA, Richmond, VA, West Melbourne, FL, and Hayward, CA.
Each AERC facility is fully EPA permitted and complies with all state & federal EPA, OSHA, and DOT Regulations. AERC recognizes that environmental management is one of our highest corporate priorities and conducts all aspects of its business accordingly as responsible stewards of the environment.
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