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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.45
Liaison Debbie Scheider
Submission Date May 4, 2011
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elektra Grant
Sustainability Intern
Facilities Planning & Management
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, universal, and ... (Yes)

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

"The most desirable methods of waste minimization are source reduction. Waste minimization can further be realized through efficient material management, when possible substitution of less hazardous materials, good laboratory procedures and the migration to micro techniques (i.e. microchemistry) when performing research or classroom laboratory experiments." from Hazardous Substances-Minimization, Storage and Labeling Policy 2/13/02 (doc)


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

To properly dispose of Universal Hazardous Waste and other Hazardous Wastes:
1. Prepare a properly labeled container, which is compatible and non-leaking for the collection of the waste by:
• Complete a Hazardous Waste Tracking Form (EH&S F-366-07), available from Environmental Health & Safety (Extension 4697), for each container. Make sure the following critical information is completed on the form: Hazardous Material Name, Quantity, California Waste Code, Waste Classification, Safety Handling Precautions and Initial Accumulation Date. The "Universal Waste Table" below contains the Hazardous Material Name, California Waste Code, Waste Classification and Safety Handling Precautions for the Common Names of Universal Hazardous Waste.
• Temporarily tape the completed form on the container before adding waste. Instead of taping the entire form to the container, you can remove the last page of the Hazardous Waste Tracking Form, which is the label for the container and tape the label to the container before adding any waste.
2. Place the Hazardous Waste into the labeled container.
3. Liquid mercury or mercury containing paint shall be placed in an airtight container.
4. Universal Waste thermostats, switches, thermometers, gauges, counter weights, dampers, dilators and weight tubing shall be placed in sealed plastic bags and then placed into airtight containers.
5. Intact Cathode Ray Tube Monitors can be stacked in 3 to 4 layers on a pallet and shrink wrapped. Monitors should not be stacked face down.
6. Incompatible Wastes shall be kept segregated and managed appropriately in separate containers.
7. Make sure the lid is closed on the container when you are not adding waste.
8. Handle all waste in a manner that minimizes breakage, prevents fire, explosion, and the unauthorized release of any Universal Waste or component of a Universal Waste to the environment.
9. Immediately clean up and place in a labeled container, as specified above, any waste that is broken or spilled.
10. When the container is either full or 90 days after the initial accumulation date, call the Environmental Health & Safety Department at Extension 4697 and make arrangements to have the waste picked up or transported to the Hazardous Materials Facility within 3 days. -from Hazardous Waste Manual 3/18/09 (doc)


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