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The University of Tennessee adopted a Hazardous Waste Minimization Policy in 2012. This policy can be found here: http://web.utk.edu/~ehss/safety%20manual/smpdf/Haz%20Waste%20minimization%20plan%202012.pdf
Additionally, the Environmental Health and Safety Office at UT has developed a Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan. They have also published a list called 101 Ways to Reduce Hazardous Waste in the Laboratory (http://web.utk.edu/~ehss/pdf/101wrhwl.pdf), as well as other guides and resources, which can be found on their website (http://web.utk.edu/~ehss/Hazardous%20Waste%20Management/hwm.html).
All hazardous waste created on campus is disposed of through the EHS. The waste must be labeled with UT hazardous waste labels and stored properly prior to collection. Management of hazardous waste on campus by EHS includes waste characterization, record keeping and report, liaison with regulators, preparation and submittal of the annual report, maintenance of the Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan, including metrics, schedule waste pickup.
There have been no significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years.
EHS maintains a Chemical Exchange program, in which people can exchange unwanted chemicals with others on campus. The chemicals or products must be unopened, unused, and not have expired. If someone has chemicals they no longer need, they can contact EHS to pick up the items. The EHS website also has a list of chemicals that are available via this program.
UT recycling collects cell phones, small batteries, laptop batteries, personal printer and toner cartridges, calculators, MP3 players, CDs and DVDs, power cords and accessory cases at electronic waste stations around campus. Working calculators are donated to Calculators To Classrooms. Larger items that cannot fit in the bins can be picked up via a service request form. UT's electronic waste is disposed of by PowerHouse Recycling of Salisbury, NC. PowerHouse Recycling Inc's recycling processes are compliant with local, state, and federal EPA laws. All recycling processes are complaint with R2, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001 standards and regulations. All of their downstream smelters, refineries, and vendors have been vetted and certified to assure all of their processes follow R2 and ISO 14001:2004 standards and regulations. http://www.powerhouserecycling.com/services/electronics-recycling/