|Submission Date||Jan. 19, 2023|
Virginia Wesleyan University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management
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Director of Sustainability
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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:
The Chemistry Department has minimized use of hazardous wastes by considering the generation of hazardous waste in laboratory exercises before adopting them for courses. They also maintain a chemical inventory so that chemicals are shared among colleagues, reducing redundant stockpiles of chemicals. The Art Department considers toxicity when purchasing pigments, paints, and materials. Facilities has taken steps to reduce the use of toxic materials, such as by switching to less toxic cleaning products for janitorial services.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The Chemistry Department organizes an annual hazardous waste disposal for the science departments. Waste is packaged, labeled, and safely disposed of by a waste disposal company. Facilities uses a certified third party vendor to properly dispose of any hazardous waste such as engine oils and paints.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
There have been none.
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
The Chemistry Department maintains a list of chemicals in their stockroom to facilitate reuse or redistribution. Other departments with chemicals they no longer wish to use can donate chemicals to the Chemistry Department stockroom.
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:
Electronic waste is collected by the office of Wesleyan Engaged. This includes old phones, cords and small appliances. The waste is brought to the City of Norfolk Waste Recycling Center.
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:
Information provided by Kevin Kittredge, Phil Guilfoyle, Brian Kurisky and David Peterson.
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