Recycling

Recycling

Used Electronics Disposal Policy

The following is a definition of “used electronics”:

“A device or component thereof that contains one or more circuit boards or a cathode ray tube and is used primarily for communication, data transfer or storage, or entertainment purposes, including but not limited to, desk top and lap top computers, computer peripherals, monitors, copying machines,scanners, printers, radios, televisions, camcorders, video cassette recorders “VCRs”, compact disc players, digital video disc players, MP3 players, telephones, including cellular and portable telephones, and stereos.”

Due to the presence of hazardous materials these types of equipment cannot be discarded in the general trash. The following is the procedure that will be adhered to when disposing of used electronics.Once a used electronics is no longer usable it shall be considered a Universal Waste. At this time the used electronics will need to be treated as Universal Waste. Once this determination has been made, the employee who generates the used electronics will contact Shipping and Receiving for proper disposal.  Once this is done,  Facilities will pick up the equipment and transport it to the Universal Waste Storage area . Under the CTDEEP Hazardous Waste regulation, Eastern Connecticut State University is a Small Quantity Handler for Universal waste. We can store said waste on campus for up to one year. In order to stay in compliance with the storage limits Eastern Connecticut State University has decided that used electronics will be disposed of by a licensed recycler every 3-4 months. At this time, a licensed recycler will arrive on campus and discard all the Used Electronics that have been generated.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Mercury is an essential ingredient for most energy-efficient lamps. Fluorescent lamps and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps are the two most common types of lamps that utilize mercury. Fluorescent lamps provide lighting for most schools, office buildings and stores. HID lamps, which include mercury-vapor, metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps, are used for streetlights, floodlights and industrial lighting. A typical fluorescent lamp is composed of a phosphor-coated glass tube with electrodes located at either end. The tube contains mercury, of which only a very small amount is in vapor form. When a voltage is applied, the electrodes energize the mercury vapor, causing it to emit ultraviolet (UV) energy. The phosphor coating absorbs the UV energy, causing the phosphor to fluoresce and emit visible light. Without the mercury vapor to produce UV energy, there would be no light. A four-foot fluorescent lamp has an average rated life of at least 20,000 hours. To achieve this long life, lamps must contain a specific quantity of mercury. The amount of mercury required is very small, typically measured in milligrams, and varies by lamp type, date of manufacture, manufacturing plant and manufacturer. The following is the procedure that will be adhered to when disposing of fluorescent light bulbs at Eastern Connecticut State University. Once a fluorescent light bulb is no longer usable it shall be considered a Universal Waste.  At this time the used fluorescent light bulb will be placed in a container that will be structurally sound, closed, and adequate to prevent breakage and compatible with their contents to prevent breakage. This container will be labeled with the following information:

The words: “UNIVERSAL WASTE”Contents of container: “FLUORESCENT BULBS”Shipper information: “EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY”

    UNIVERSAL WASTE

CONTENTS:

FLUORESCENT LAMPS

SHIPPER:

Eastern CT State University

83 Windham Street

WillimanticCT06226

If you have any questions, call Eric Germain 55103.

Under the CTDEEP Hazardous Waste regulation, Eastern Connecticut State University is a Small Quantity Handler for Universal waste and as such, can store said waste on campus for up to one year.  In order to stay in compliance with the storage limits, Eastern Connecticut State University has decided that used fluorescent light bulb will be disposed of by a licensed recycler at least two times per year.  Prior to this pick up a facilities department employee will gather all of the used fluorescent light bulbs that have been generated around campus and place them in the central storage area that is located in the facilities warehouse.  The larger containers will also meet the same storage and labeling requirements as mentioned above.  By disposing of the fluorescent bulbs on a regular basis we will meet the storage requirements outlined by the CT DEEP.

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Aerosol Cans

The following is the protocol that shall be adhered to when disposing of aerosol cans at Eastern Connecticut State University.Once an aerosol can is either empty of no longer used by the department, it shall be placed in a container, which will be designated as “USED AEROSOL CANS.”Once per month, a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Department will pick up any aerosol cans that are being stored in these containers. If your department needs a pick up prior to the end of the month, contact Eric Germain at 55103.The used aerosol can will then be placed in an Aerosol Can Recycling System, which is located within the facilities department. Any remaining materials in the can will be collected in a receiving drum while the propellants will be collected in the filtering system.Once the aerosol can has been punctured, residual materials drained, and propellants captured in the filters, the cans will be recycled as scrap metal.The captured material will be contained within a 20-gallon drum and will be disposed of as hazardous waste.

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