When the use of hazardous chemicals is unavoidable, the University is careful in its procedure to minimize use and properly manage disposal of such materials.
- All hazardous waste chemicals generated from research and maintenance activities are collected and sorted.
- Where possible, chemicals are sent for treatment, neutralization or recycling.
- Researchers and their departments are encouraged to find less hazardous alternatives and to share chemicals and are discouraged from purchasing chemicals in bulk, thereby reducing the overall volume of hazardous waste chemicals generated by the University.
- Restricted use of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides) on campus for many years
- "No poisoning" policy for dealing with nuisance animals.
Lead, Asbestos, PCBs, Mercury
- Lead-free solders are used in routine maintenance procedures.
- No lead or asbestos are used in new construction and location of older asbestos are identified and containment secured.
- No new PCBs are used on campus
- Programs are underway to identity existing PCBs and asbestos to remove and/or contain
- The use of mercury is controlled by using low mercury content fluorescent lighting and special collection programs
- Batteries used in the maintenance and operation of the campus are collected for recycling
- Hazardous components are removed from discarded research, maintenance and other equipment. The components are disposed of as hazardous waste while the remaining equipment is recycled as much as possible.