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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 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Peter Kelly-Joseph
Environmental Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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?:
Yes

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

Tufts University produces hazardous chemical waste as part of its academic and support programs. The primary sources of hazardous chemical waste are the research and teaching science and engineering laboratories. It is part of higher education to assist students in learning to identify, handle, and dispose of hazardous chemicals in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Tufts is committed to the recommendation of the American Chemical Society "to buy less, use less" in the design of experiments involving hazardous chemicals.

Tufts University recycles all batteries as part of its universal waste program.

In support activities, water-based coatings, sealants, and cleaning products are selected preferentially over such products that contain organic solvents.

There are strict limits on the disposal of chemicals into the sewer and into solid waste containers; hence all chemical waste is analyzed and disposed of as either hazardous or non-hazardous, non-regulated waste.

Additionally, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety considers the following chemicals Particularly Hazardous Substances and requires that a written safety plan be prepared and followed when using these chemicals in vitro (in the laboratory) or in vivo (in animals).

- Select Carcinogens
- Reproductive Toxins
- Highly acutely toxic chemicals or a hazardous drug
- Novel compounds of unknown toxicity

There are also certain chemicals that need a registration form. This process limits the unnecessary use of these chemicals. For a more complete description of the process, see http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/ehs/?pid=88.


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

Tufts Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department directly and indirectly provides training to all members of the Tufts community that purchase, store, handle, or dispose of chemicals. Individuals are trained to recognize each form of chemical waste and to understand the method of storing such wastes in each area where such wastes are produced. Hazardous chemical wastes are stored in Satellite Accumulation Areas prior to collection for packaging and transportation to TSDF facilities approved by the US EPA or MA DEP.

All chemicals are stored, handled, transported, and disposed of by persons and organizations approved because of their commitment to comply with all applicable regulations that prevent adverse human and environmental effects.

As mandated by Tufts Environmental Health and Safety, hazardous chemical waste should be placed in a satellite accumulation area (SAA). Each point of generation (e.g. laboratory, clinic, maintenance area) should have an SAA that is under the direct supervision of trained employees. SAAs at a minimum should include a secondary containment system/bin, sign designating the area as a SAA, and a weekly log book. A dated container requiring pick up must be transported to a main accumulation area (MAA) within 3 days of full date noted on the waste label.

Initial and annual refresher training is required for individuals who generate or participate in hazardous waste management activities.


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

None.


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

Unknown


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

Tufts' old computers are either reused internally or recycled domestically by Allied Computer Brokers. Small electronics of any type are collected in the universal waste (e.g. battery) buckets located around each campus. Students are directed to locations where they can recycle their computers and larger electronics.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

Recycling Manager visits and reviews the practices of the company that takes our electronics waste.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

The Hazardous Chemical Waste Management Plan is available at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/ehs/files/Hazardous-Chemical-Waste-Mgt-Plan-2015.pdf

Information about the electronics recycling program at Tufts can be found at http://sites.tufts.edu/tuftsrecycles/recycling-info/electronics-recycling/

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