Waste Policies and Procedures Manual - 2003 Edition
This manual was prepared
for use within ISU. It is intended for use by, and applies to, ISU
employees, staff, visitors, and students. If this manual or any portion
of it is used elsewhere, neither its authors nor the University accept
responsibility for its contents.
9.0 HAZARDOUS WASTE
Disposal of hazardous waste is not without potentially adverse environmental
impacts. Disposal costs for some categories of material continue
to increase due to pressure to regulate more substances at lower concentrations
and limitations on the kinds of wastes that can be disposed of in landfills.
For these reasons it is important to minimize the amount of material that
must be disposed of as hazardous wastes, as discussed below.
Disposal costs are
not charged directly to specific departments or projects, but are borne
at the institutional level. The objective of this system is to allow
each department, researcher, and staff member to manage their hazardous
wastes properly without direct economic penalty.
9.1 Materials Exchange
you have an excess of materials, try to find someone within the ISU community
who can use the material, rather than declare it as waste. Whenever
you need a material, try to find someone within the ISU community that
has an excess of that material, rather than to purchase more. The
Chemical Swap program on the TSO’s website can be used to locate chemicals
that may be available for exchange. The TSO staff will also facilitate
exchanges or help locate excess chemicals.
9.2 Less Is Better
possible, limit the amount of material you purchase to that which you can
reasonably expect to use. Disposal costs for hazardous materials
are frequently higher than the initial purchase price.
circumstances, there are alternative materials or methods to carry out
a procedure that results in less hazardous waste than others. These
methods should be used whenever possible to minimize the volume (and costs)
of disposal at ISU. Please take time to plan waste minimization activities
by careful consideration of alternative methods of achieving the same result.
Your waste may turn out to be the material which moves ISU from a small
quantity generator to a large quantity generator. DO NOT LET THIS
possible, use the minimum quantity of materials for your work. Alternatives
to full scale experiments include:
9.5 The Final Steps
microscale quantities of material
to perform experiments;
team versus individual performance
of experiments; and
instructor demonstrations versus
team or individual performance.
to interpretations of federal regulations, it is permissible to minimize
waste by steps that are part of the actual process. These steps must
be documented (written) as part of the procedure for an experiment and
represents an important way to minimize the amount of hazardous waste generated.
TSO personnel can provide information to assist in these efforts.
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