Columbia University is committed to protecting human health and the environment through a proactive Waste Management and Recycling Program. This commitment is realized through EH&S’s collaborations with the University’s schools, departments, laboratory research community and Facilities Management. Through these partnerships EH&S is able to help the University maintain compliance with all applicable regulations, promote Best Management Practices such as the 5Ls of hazardous waste management and waste minimization programs and provide technical guidance and timely service to the University community. Our training programs, coupled with the 5Ls of Hazardous Waste Management and the University’s No Drain Disposal Policy provide the essentials that anyone using chemicals at the University would need to know to properly manage their Hazardous Waste and thus contribute to our goal of environmental protection.
EH&S is directly involved with the management of specialty wastes throughout all University endeavors. These wastes include:
Going beyond compliance and focusing on Best Management Practices and waste minimization programs has been a tradition in EH&S. We have partnered with several departments over the years to implement a variety of green initiatives and recycling programs, which have reduced the volume of chemical/hazardous waste the University sends off-site for disposal. Programs like solvent recycling, laboratory glassware recycling, mercury exchange, reusable sharps containers, or electronics recycling continue to be a primary focus of EH&S in our continued pursuit of being stewards of the environment.