|Submission Date||March 1, 2013|
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
Found on pages 11-12 of linked document.
Waste Minimization Procedures
Institutions are encouraged by the EPA to explore alternatives that will minimize their
use of hazardous chemicals. Waste minimization not only saves the university money but
also promotes a safer work environment by minimizing the possibility of harmful
exposure and the chance of potentially dangerous accidents. Possible minimization
• Maintain a proper inventory of chemicals. This prevents ordering more chemicals
than needed. It also provides a system for the proper storage of chemicals as well.
• Order on an “as needed” basis or only order when the supply is nearly depleted.
• Never order in bulk unless it will be used in less than 1 year’s time. If you only
need a few grams do not order one kilogram. This ensures the chemical viability
and reduces storage space.
• Substitute hazardous chemicals with non-hazardous ones. Chemicals used for
cleaning glassware such as Chromic Acid can be replaced with non-hazardous
agents such as spark-leen or alconox.
• Whenever possible do not mix non-hazardous wastes with hazardous wastes.
When this occurs the non-hazardous waste becomes hazardous. Small quantities
of hazardous wastes mixed with non-hazardous wastes will also increase the
volume of waste produced.
• Use non-mercury containing equipment. Order either alcohol or digital
thermometers and barometers instead of those that contain mercury. Mercury
containing thermostats should be replaced with those that are digital.
Information provided in pages 4-11 in linked document. Steps are somewhat different for various types of chemical waste.
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