|Submission Date||Sept. 29, 2014|
University Safety Manager
Business & Finance
Basic waste minimization options include:
waste stream segregation
inventory control/ordering chemicals in smaller containers
using smaller scale
modifying specific experiments
UW – Green Bay complies with U.S.EPA and WDNR rules for small quantity generators. Management practices are outlined in the UWGB Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide. UW – Green Bay has and continues to make efforts to minimize the production of hazardous waste. All hazardous waste is stored in a locked, limited access storage room. Hazardous waste disposal is managed under a mandatory hazardous waste contract and is currently shipped off-campus twice per year. Lithium containing batteries are collected and disposed of with UW – Green Bay’s hazardous waste shipments. All rechargeable batteries are recycled with Call2Recycle. Universal waste lamps are stored in structurally sound, closed, properly labeled containers until they are shipped with a contracted lamp recycler.
UW – Green Bay has a chemical inventory system in place which monitors the location and amount of chemicals present on campus. When faculty need a particular chemical for class or research, they check with the laboratory management team to assess chemical availability prior to making any new purchases.
The e-waste recycling "Round-up" program will be run on a yearly basis. All departments and staff are notified via e-mail and flyers are posted providing the drop-off location as well as the details of what is acceptable for recycling. In the first year, Spring 2011, 15 skids of electronic waste were collecting, nearly filling a 50-foot semi trailer. The campus partnered with Fox Valley Technical College's Driving School (semi-truck driving) to transport the e-Waste to UW-Madison's SWAP program for proper recycling.
It is now state law in Wisconsin to properly recycle e-waste through an accredited and state-certified recycling partner. The state certification program sets the criteria for becoming a state vendor of e-waste recycling services.