STARS Information

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that minimize and safety dispose of all hazardous universal and non-regulated chemical waste.
  • Environmental Benefits: We use hazardous chemicals everyday without thinking about it. Hazardous waste can be a liquid, gas or solid, that may pose a threat to both the immediate and long-term health of the environment and community if disposed of incorrectly.
  • Scoring: Institutions earn 1 point for meeting the criteria outlined above.

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Chemical Procurement Guidelines

Cal State University Channel Islands has chemical procurement guidelines that promote source reduction, recycling, and safety.

Source Reduction

Example of hazardous waste warning Hazardous waste source reduction at CSU Channel Islands is characterized by a small number of highly effective programs and procedures. The Art program performs waste segregation of ceramic glaze waste from the overall clay/water/ceramics studio waste stream; utilizes product substitution for glazes and sandblasting to minimize waste, and also directs all oil based paint waste to the campus solvent recycling for energy program. The campus paint shop has nearly eliminated the generation of hazardous waste from both oil based paint wastes through solvent recycling, and water based paint waste through drying, analytical testing, and disposal as low volume non-hazardous solid waste. The Science programs have adopted micro scale procedures for teaching labs, and continually evaluating options for lower hazard, lower volume or no hazard procedures for teaching)e.g., biology has moved away from toxic to non toxic tissue fixatives). Biology and chemistry also have an informal materials exchange wherein surplus chemicals are donated rather than disposed and small quantities of unusual or one time use materials are borrowed to prevent unnecessary purchases.

Recycling

All universal wastes are recycled unless there is no recycling option available. Other wastes are also recycled when possible. For example organic solvent waste suitable for energy recovery is burned for energy generation; any usable latex paint waste is recycled; and lead acid batteries from electric cars, motor vehicles and power supplies are recycled. All auto maintenance wastes (oil, oil filters, antifreeze) are recycled.

Training

Hazardous waste training is provided for all waste generators. Hazardous waste minimization is included in this training in accordance with the waste management hierarchy specified in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Hazard Communication training is provided to users of hazardous materials including minimization of wastes.

Safe Disposal of Hazardous, Universal, and Non-regulated Chemical Waste

The University has a formal well established program for hazardous waste management. All hazardous waste generators are trained for the types of wastes generated, including waste minimization, emergency response, waste identification, labeling, storage and disposal. As, the University is a RCRA Large Quantity Generator, we dispose of waste at a maximum quarterly interval via a licensed hazardous waste disposal contractor(s). The University controls hazardous waste management through training, internal audits, and strict control of all waste determinations and the manifesting process. Any Universal waste that is not recyclable is managed as hazardous waste. Non-regulated chemical wastes are evaluated and safe handling and disposal procedures are determined on a case by case basis.

Information Received From:

Bill Kupfer: Director of Environment, Safety and Risk Management

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