Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.54
Liaison Lisa Noriega
Submission Date Sept. 21, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Yale University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsay Toland
Metrics & Program Manager
Yale Office of Sustainability
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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:

Yale has a written waste minimization plan as required under EPA regulations. Yale's department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) has many programs such as use of solvent recycling stills, chemical substitutions for research that result in nonhazardous waste streams, filtration systems that deactivate or neutralize hazardous chemicals during the experiment process as allowed under federal regulations, equipment change out to reduce frequency of chemicals changes (ie, new film processors for pathology) silver recovery systems for non-digital film developers, chemical reuse program and Eli Surplus Exchange that also allows universal waste items to be reused. In addition, Yale donates 12 computer systems to 2 nonprofit agencies each month that otherwise would have been discarded as universal waste. EHS also has registered precious metal recovery and helium recovery systems in use on campus.

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

All regulated waste streams are handled by EHS. Waste is collected from generation points on campus, managed in one of our 5 permitted hazardous waste facilities where it is commingled or lab packed as required by disposal requirements. EHS has contracted vendors that then remove the waste from campus and bring it to various Yale approved treatment and disposal facilities. Yale monitors all disposal requirements through transportation, shipping, disposal and required paperwork, and permits for each facility.

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

On June 12, 2014, approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic oil leaked from an elevator shaft in the Yale Physicians Building parking garage at 790 Howard Ave. The oil spilled on the floor of the mechanical room and the floor of the garage and entered a drain. The EHS emergency team responded and absorbent was placed on the spill. A contractor was called in with a vacuum truck to clean up the spill and CT DEEP was notified. The drain was determined not to empty into a storm drain and was pumped out and cleaned. There was no environmental impact.

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

Yale uses Eli Surplus Exchange for laboratory chemical reuse. EHS's new hazardous waste online request system through EHS Integrator is being launched in July. This will also have a check box if the chemical that has been requested for pick up is suitable for reuse. EHS can then determine if this is the case and also enter it into the Eli Surplus website. EHS then can keep them labeled as stock chemicals in our waste facilities for up to 1 year by CT recycling laws. If a lab can use the chemical, EHS delivers to them free of charge. They also have the chemical inventory system for all labs at West Campus and the Chemistry Department on the Main Campus. This allows for greater knowledge of what they have in their lab to reduce duplicate purchasing and encourage sharing amongst researchers.

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:

EHS, in partnership with Take2, recycles all used electronics meeting the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection definition of "Universal Waste."

Student generated waste is considered Yale waste. The dorms will collect CFLs and electronics are brought to the College Master’s office where Take2 can safely remove.

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:
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