This policy is designed to ensure that Salish Kootenai College meetings the requirements of 40 CFR part 262. According to definitions provided by 40 CFR part 262, the College is classified as a Very Small Waste Generator, generating ≤ 100 kg/month of hazardous waste.
A hazardous waste is any compound which is regulated as hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as defined by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The act undergoes continuous modification by Congress. The purpose of this federal legislation is to protect human health and the environment through waste reduction and recovery. Hazardous wastes include but are not limited to mercury thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, consumer electronics, aerosol cans, pesticides, and some materials used in college laboratories.
Definitions for RCRA compliance are listed in Hazardous Waste Management System: General (40 CFR 260.1).
Salish Kootenai College recognizes the importance of protecting the environment as well as the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students. It is the policy of SKC to reduce the use of toxic materials in college operations whenever reasonably possible and to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated. However, when in the course of college operations it is necessary to generate hazardous wastes, this policy and the related Procedure 715.00 provide guidelines for safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
Waste products of a potentially hazardous nature must be disposed of in compliance with RCRA and its related amendments. College departments must adhere to Procedure 715, Management of Hazardous Wastes Procedures, for monitoring, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. It is the responsibility of the department head of each department that handles hazardous waste to train all individual who may be in contact with such materials on the safety and management disposal procedures.