|Submission Date||Aug. 24, 2016|
Warren Wilson College
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
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 Environmental Management System sets a goal of reducing hazardous waste generation on campus. An audit of hazardous waste shipments is performed annually to identify opportunities for reduction and specific goals & objectives are set to achieve reduction. Universal waste is tracked by the Recycling Crew and reported in our regular solid waste data report. As Universal Waste is already minimal on campus, we mainly just ensure that we comply with regulations regarding processing & shipping. The OST office has a Universal Waste Management Plan on file for regulatory purposes.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Hazardous, universal, and non-regulated waste is accumulated according to regulations and shipped at regular intervals throughout the year with a certified Hazardous Waste hauler. In general, we place all chemicals (regulated or not) in the hazardous waste accumulation shed and let the hazardous waste company sort it out and dispose of it properly. The Recycling Crew does regular inspections of most campus areas that produce waste to ensure that waste is accumulated & disposed of properly.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
None have occurred.
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
The campus saves and purifies all organic solvents in the laboratory. These solvents are used in classes until they can no longer be salvaged.
Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):
Recycling collects all campus electronic waste, weighs it and recycles it appropriately either at the on-campus facility or by sending it to an off campus facility.
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
We place electronic waste in shipping containers in our warehouse. Containers are properly labeled. Computer e-waste is recycled through the Goodwill/Dell ReConnect program, the first computer manufacturer to ban e-waste export to developing countries. All other e-waste is recycled through reputable companies who adhere to strict environmental & safety guidelines.
The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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