Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
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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?:

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

It is Wellesley’s goal to (a) reduce these wastes; (b) reuse or recycle them, when possible, and (c) manage them safely, and in accordance with state and federal regulations. These types of wastes are managed by the EHS Office (there are three members of the EHS Office).

A hazardous waste contractor (Stericycle) provides turnkey services for Wellesley College to safely and appropriately manage its hazardous waste. EHS manages the contract for the majority of campus operations. Motor Pool manages waste oil at the garage. Science Center staff manage waste generated in the science center to include hazardous chemical waste, sharps, biological waste, etc. Health Services manages biological waste generated at the infirmary.

Universal waste is handled by a specialized licensed disposal contractor.

Similar steps are taken with non-regulated chemical waste.

In general for hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste, outside contractors are responsible for the removal of any waste they create. It is recommended that clear guidelines be established on project scope documents.

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

Segregate hazardous chemical waste according to compatibility. Choose appropriate impervious containers for storage. Flammable wastes should only be stored in 1 gallon containers except for 2.5 gallons stored in fireproof rated cans. All containers must be properly labeled with dated waste labels. Complete chemical names must be used. Hazard info should be noted. For hazardous waste, date the container when full or when ready for disposal. Only one container at a time may be used to collect one waste stream (one type of waste). The container will have a maximum capacity of 55 gallons. Waste containers must be kept tightly closed at all times except when pouring in waste. Funnels may only be inserted when pouring in waste.

Universal Waste must be kept in containers or packages. Containers must be kept closed and lack evidence of leakage, spillage, or damage. It is recommended that box dividers are used to avoid breakage. Designated storage areas have been set up to manage universal wastes on campus. Waste lamps must be put in appropriate storage at the end of each work shift and placed in designated universal waste accumulation area(s). The waste itself or the package must be labeled:“Universal Waste - _____________” (type of waste).
Chemical waste containers should be physically separated according to this compatibility chart.
• Acids - Inorganic
• Acids - Organic
• Bases - Alkaline
• Bases - Flammable
• Flammable Liquids
• High Hazard Peroxide Formers
• Mercury or any solutions containing • Metals or Solutions Containing
• Oil
• Oxidizers
• Pesticides
• Photo Fixer; Developer; Other
• Reactives
• Silica Gel
• Solvents-Non-halogenated organic
• Solvents-Halogenated
• Water Reactive Compounds

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


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

The Science Center uses the SDS online program to catalog all chemicals stored in the Science Center. Faculty can look at what other departments have so that chemicals can be shared instead of ordering new ones for each case.

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:

Our electronic waste recycler is Allied Computer Brokers (ACB). See their website for more information on their process: http://acbrecovery.com/our-process/.

Drop-off boxes are available for handheld electronics and batteries to be recycled are in every residence hall as well as the Science Center, Knapp Library, Jewett Arts Center, and Green Hall.

Additionally, school owned computers which are phased out are recycled by the College where at all possible.

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:
14.30 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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