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Hazardous Waste Management in Higher Ed

  1. Hazardous Waste Management in Higher Ed Uncovering Opportunities to Save Time and Money
  2. Meet Your Moderator: James Ciccone
  3. During this Webinar  All lines will be muted – please communicate via the questions tab in your webinar panel.  There will be live, interactive polling.  There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation – submit your question(s) anytime throughout the webinar.  Stick around for an exclusive offer at the end of the webinar.
  4. Meet Your Presenters Melanie Magnan Regional Director of Higher Ed - New England Nikki Young Southeast Higher Ed Program Manager
  5. Our Key Message How to use regulations and waste minimization options to improve your waste management process and achieve organizational goals.
  6. Who Is This For? Schools looking to minimize waste generation Current provider does not offer waste minimization options Schools looking to reduce waste disposal costs Innovative strategies for managing waste from cradle to grave Schools looking for better waste tracking systems In need of customized software
  7. What Will You Learn? • Use the regulations to your advantage to reduce costs • Elevate your hazardous waste storage areas to meet budget constraints • Implement a tracking program to manage potentially energizing and other time- sensitive chemicals • Work with researchers upstream to manage waste in a more cost-effective and sustainable manner • Conduct accurate waste inventories in the MAA to streamline disposal • Utilize compliance and waste tracking software to improve efficiency, save time and eliminate confusion
  8. Agenda Upstream Waste Management Waste Regulations & Storage Waste Minimization & Disposal Compliance and Waste Tracking Software Case Studies Summary/Q&A
  9. Poll Question Which department’s waste generation challenges you the most?
  10. Work With Researchers Upstream 1) Know how the waste is generated 2) Educate researchers on proper waste collection techniques 3) Discuss chemical substitution 4) Manage time sensitive chemicals
  11. Know How the Waste is Generated • Determine if the waste container is the appropriate size for the process • Determine if the waste bottle is made from one process • Use your understanding of waste code applicability/definitions to make hazardous waste determinations • For machine generated waste, are there multiple lines going into the same waste container? Can any of those be separated? • Understand the timeline of the process/research. This helps with limiting inventory volumes as well as with managing disposal costs.
  12. Educate Generators on Proper Waste Collection Techniques • Are the chemicals compatible in the waste container? Do they present a new hazard? • Can some of the chemicals be disposed of using different treatment techniques for cost savings? • Understanding local wastewater discharge regulations
  13. Discuss Chemical Substitution • Is there a chemical that is less harmful to the environment and oneself? • Chemical disposal is diverted to a less costly waste stream/disposal option, e.g. sink disposal or solid trash Examples of substitutions: • Alcohol thermometers instead of mercury thermometers • Sybr safe gel stain instead of ethidium bromide Other Considerations: • Historic knowledge to recreate the research requires specific chemicals • Timeframe of project may inhibit such a substitution • Funding may not approve if there is a substitution
  14. Managing Time Sensitive Chemicals • Identify the people using time sensitive chemicals • Educate the individuals regarding the hazards associated with expired energetic compounds • Set up a tracking system for the expiration dates and managing inventory • Dispose of the materials prior to expiration, or improperly stored, to avoid calling a high hazard team • Overall costs will be much lower as a result
  15. Agenda Upstream Waste Management Waste Regulations & Storage Waste Minimization & Disposal Compliance and Waste Tracking Software Case Studies Summary/Q&A
  16. • Regulations allow for storage options – use them to your advantage • While they may seem strict and daunting, regulations can help you reduce waste disposal costs and improve logistical efforts Background on Regulations
  17. Using Regulations to Your Advantage • The common misconception is that you can only ship 2,200 pounds a month to remain a small quantity generator • In actuality, you can only produce 2,200 pounds of hazardous waste a month (or 2.2 pounds of P-listed waste) • Regulations for a SQG allow for 180 day storage limit, so essentially you can ship out 13,200 pounds of Hazardous waste and remain in the SQG category
  18. Setting Up a Storage Area • Any area of your facility can be used to store hazardous waste • Delineation tape or fencing can be placed anywhere in a facility • Required signage can be posted • Spill decks and other spill countermeasures can be installed • Alternatives are outdoor storage areas • Spill prevention and ventilation are already installed
  19. Will Storage Save You Costs? • By storing your waste longer as the regulations allow, you reduce the number of times a truck is coming to your facility • If you have the ability to find a storage area within your facility, and can store waste longer, the overall cost per drum will decrease as well • Determine which drums should be shipped based on:  Generator status (accumulation time)  Full drums  Energetic material/compounds
  20. Real-World Example #1 Large university campus with multiple MAAs, centralizing some of the most expensive chemicals wastes can lead to savings. Results: • Instead of weekly, switched to monthly shipments to achieve $43,000 annual savings • Relocation of supplies in another MAA led to $26,000 in annual savings • Mercury and reactive consolidation led to almost $40,000 in cost savings
  21. Real-World Example #2 • A large public school was shipping waste monthly for disposal, the work was taking one entire day to complete and was costing the school over $15,000 per shipment • The school decided to only dispose of full containers and waste that had reached its storage limit • The school reduced its waste budget by over 40% • The school maintains the inventory for the MAA using software to provide regulators with the information regarding the waste remaining in the MAA
  22. Agenda Upstream Waste Management Waste Regulations & Storage Waste Minimization & Disposal Compliance and Waste Tracking Software Case Studies Summary/Q&A
  23. Poll Question What is your greatest challenge when it comes to disposing of your hazardous waste?
  24. What Is a Waste Minimization Assessment? • An analysis of every waste stream produced • Waste is followed through its entire journey, both upstream and downstream • The goal is to identify different waste options and whether co-mingled waste can be separated for more efficient and less costly disposal • By completing a waste minimization assessment you can identify how each waste is generated, collected, stored and shipped
  25. Conduct Accurate Waste Inventories in the MAA • Label waste properly when it enters the MAA, including a waste determination and the date the material enters the MAA • Document exact quantities of P-listed waste, many schools do not generate over 2.2 pounds per month • Ship only the waste that is required by the regulators • Ship only full containers • Maintain records of the waste inventories in the MAA for the regulatory agencies
  26. Create a Proper Waste Analysis • Collect accurate data regarding the constituents and percentages in each waste stream • Understand the processes that create each waste stream, i.e. if a P-listed or U-listed waste has gone through a process, it no longer requires the EPA waste code • Segregate non-hazardous/non-regulated materials from hazardous wastes, including state hazardous waste codes: Non-hazardous materials are not subject to the storage limitations set by the school’s generator status Non-hazardous materials can be disposed of using cheaper methods Non-hazardous materials do not count when calculating the hazardous waste volumes each month
  27. Co-mingle Similar Waste Streams • Determine volumes of similar wastes • Determine the disposal methods of similar wastes • Determine the EPA waste codes of similar waste streams • Consolidate or co-mingle similar waste streams into the appropriate size container:  Use the most appropriate size container for consolidation  Do not mix wastes that will be treated in different manners  Do not add acutely toxic wastes to co-mingled waste streams
  28. Agenda Upstream Waste Management Waste Regulations & Storage Waste Minimization & Disposal Compliance and Waste Tracking Software Case Studies Summary/Q&A
  29. • Manifests, LDRs and packing slips can be uploaded into the software and tracked through its waste disposal journey • Software provides a calendar with dates and e- mail notifications, i.e. when manifests are due to the state or other local authorities • Track waste inventory from SAA to MAA • Produce waste generation reports by manifest, profile, building, PI, etc. • You can also upload inspection sheets for MAA and SAA locations and track compliance and other regulation related issues Why Use Software?
  30. Software Benefits • Most software offers easy input of related forms and documents; very easy to navigate • The program has an app and can be accessed anywhere internet is available • Reports can be sent to e-mail automatically • PDF and Microsoft documents can be directly uploaded and manifests and other shipping documents can be scanned directly in as well
  31. Example There are many software options out there – Triumvirate developed its own system called ADVISE. ADVISE Inspections Manifests/ Profiles Inventory Documents Messages Compliance Calendar
  32. Manifests
  33. Inventory
  34. Agenda Upstream Waste Management Waste Regulations & Storage Waste Minimization & Disposal Compliance and Waste Tracking Software Case Studies Summary/Q&A
  35. Case Study #1 • A large marine research institution was generating 55 gallons a month of low-percentage nitric and hydrochloric acid (5%) in seawater. • The waste only exhibited the D002 corrosive characteristic code and, therefore, was a prime candidate to perform elementary neutralization. • The waste was generated in 5 gallon carboys in the labs. For safety and compliance, Triumvirate worked with the Institution to design an elementary neutralization unit at the wastewater treatment plant. • At this unit, Triumvirate pours the acid into the holding tank which is then pumped by the pH machine, mixed with a potassium hydroxide base and neutralized for discharge. • Since this program began in 2009, the Institution has saved over $50,000 in acid disposal costs.
  36. Case Study #2 • A smaller school had been using ether in many classroom experiments. • One bottle of ether that was supposed to be disposed of, began reacting violently causing the school to call a high hazard team. • Final costs from that project exceeded $10,000. • The school instated a program to monitor and control the number of time sensitive compounds on campus. • The school also began using alternate solvents when possible to make the campus a safer environment for the students, faculty and the neighborhood. • The school now spends less than $500 per year to dispose of time sensitive chemicals.
  37. Case Study #3 • A large public school was shipping waste quarterly for disposal. • The work was taking two days to complete and was costing the school over $25,000 per shipment. • The school decided to use one Triumvirate employee on-site for waste consolidation and inspections. • The school began shipping waste monthly to take advantage of the storage regulations. • The school reduced its waste budget by over 60% and has been able to redistribute many unused chemicals to different departments on campus.
  38. Agenda Upstream Waste Management Waste Regulations & Storage Waste Minimization & Disposal Compliance and Waste Tracking Software Case Studies Summary/Q&A
  39. Our Key Message How to use regulations and waste minimization options to improve your waste management process and achieve organizational goals.
  40. Summary Understand how your waste is generated at the point of generation. Given the regulations, understand what opportunities exist for waste minimization and cost reduction. Maintain accurate records to ensure proper storage and disposal.
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