Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.11
Liaison Sarah Williams
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Whitman College
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elissa Brown
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant Services
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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:
We have strategies and programs in place for managing hazardous, special, and universal wastes. All campus departments submit them to Environmental Health & Safety for management. We’ve instituted less resource-intensive packaging methods, identified non-hazardous substitutions, and training students, faculty, and staff to reduce waste through better work practices. We’re working with faculty to reduce chemical holdings, and better manage the chemicals necessary for teaching and research. Strategies include centralization of purchase and inventory, reducing purchase volumes, and sharing common chemicals rather than having multiple occurrences of them in labs. Additionally, we've begun replacing incandescent and fluorescent lighting with LEDs, when possible and economically feasible.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Hazardous, universal, and special wastes are submitted to EHS for determination, designation, and appropriate management in accordance with WAC 173-303 (Washington Dangerous Waste rules). Non-regulated wastes are designated and managed in accordance with local, state and federal solid waste rules as well as Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act considerations. All wastes are screened for recycling and/or reuse potential, and those found suitable are managed as appropriate in order to reduce waste. The hierarchy is: 1) Identify and eliminate or reduce to the maximum extent possible any waste-producing materials (control of inventory and purchase, process change/substitution, product substitution); 2) Reuse; 3) Recycle; 4) Dispose as MSW or to the local POTW, as appropriate; 5) Divert to “Special Waste” as allowed by WAC 173-303 and regional facility capacity; 6) Manage as Universal Waste; 7) Manage as Hazardous Waste, in order of preference: a) Non-thermal treatment; b) Thermal treatment; c) Land disposal.

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:
No current functional system, but we are working with faculty to establish a system for the Chemistry Department.

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:
The institution currently employees a waste minimization and collection plan for e-waste. Currently Technology Services and the Department of Sustainability coordinate with Environmental Health and Safety to collect and manage e-waste. Upon collection e-waste is recycled. This includes all items containing a circuit board. All battery type waste is diverted to a toxic waste facility.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Additional documentation: https://www.whitman.edu/Documents/Offices/EHS/Dangerous%20and%20Universal%20Waste%20Guidance%20for%20Maintenance%20and%20Custodial%20Staff.pdf

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