The Director for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety is Amanda Radosti.
To contact Amanda, please email email@example.com or call extension 2881.
Below, you will find information on the programs managed by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
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Recycling @ TCNJ
Mandatory recycling began in New Jersey following the enactment of the 1987 New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act. For more information on how to successfully recycle @ TCNJ, please visit our Recycling Program webpage.
We thank you for your support in this critical effort. Please feel free to share your comments or questions with Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we are all consumers, every campus community member generates waste products. Some of these waste products are required to be properly disposed of and not disposed of within the bulk trash. Many of these specialized wastes are considered hazardous waste by either the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or the Environmental Protection Agency. This website is designed to assist you in determining the proper disposal of items that are not to be disposed of in bulk trash. All decisions of proper disposal begin with the purchase of each item. You have the ability to control how much and what waste you generate at the time of purchase.
Bulk trash is the regular trash that is gathered at a collection point such as your desk, your floor, your hallway, etc. Bulk trash is to only contain items that are not recyclable on campus and do not present a hazard to human health and/or the environment.
Should you have questions about the proper disposal of an item, please email email@example.com prior to placing it into The College’s bulk trash.
On campus, bulk trash is collected by a team of staff members from Building Services and Grounds & Landscape Maintenance Services. To request a special removal, please contact Grounds & Landscape Maintenance Services.
Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS
Here is a waste guide for TCNJ purchased items, Waste Guide 2019.
Chemical waste not suitable for drain or bulk trash disposal must be collected and managed as hazardous waste. Chemical wastes may present a hazard to human health and the environment and require appropriate management and disposal. All chemical wastes have the following requirements:
- Must be disposed of through EHS. Notify your area manager that you have waste so that it can be identified for collection during the next scheduled disposal.
- Please be mindful of the P-listed wastes, these are a special type of hazardous waste and only 2.2 pounds will affect our generator status. Please see the included link for P-listed wastes. Please let me know immediately (Radosti@tcnj.edu) if these wastes are anticipated to be generated or when these wastes are generated.
- Expired chemicals. Some expiration dates are more important than others due to additional hazards that can develop with certain expired chemicals.
- Placed into compatible, closed and sealed containers. For clarification, caps must be able to close tightly on a container. Any cap that just twists and doesn’t close is not considered sealed and closed.
- Laboratory wastes must be labeled with a TCNJ fluorescent hazardous waste label and identified contents in English using the chemical name (please contact Amanda Radosti at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require additional labels). Any additional information (i.e. CAS#s and chemical structures) on a laboratory container label is provided by the preference of the individual completing the label and is not required. For mixed wastes please note that a percentage is required for each waste in the container for disposal purposes.
- All other chemical wastes that are not from a laboratory are to have the original manufacturer label on the container with a TCNJ fluorescent hazardous waste label.
- All hazardous waste is to be stored within a designated chemical waste satellite accumulation or central collection area.
EHS has regularly scheduled hazardous waste chemical collections; almost every 90 days. Please have your wastes added to the central collection areas, sealed, properly labeled, and identified in accordance with Right to Know/Hazard Communication Programs, the Globally Harmonized System, along with hazardous waste requirements for the hazardous waste contractor. Once the specific dates for pickup have been scheduled with the contractor, EHS contacts established area managers regarding the details of the collection via email. It is important to make sure that a Hazardous and Universal Waste Disposal Inventory Form is filled out completely and returned by the time specified in the email. Please inventory chemical and electronic waste separately, by using one form for chemical waste and one form for electronic waste. If you want to check if you are on the list, or if you have a one-time generation of hazardous waste, please email Amanda Radosti at email@example.com.
Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS
The following information is for all students, faculty, and staff either living on or off campus. Please be advised that you are considered residents of the location of your permanent address. Should your permanent address be on campus, you are considered a resident of Ewing Township/Mercer County (for the purposes of waste disposal) while living on campus. Please contact the county where your permanent address is located to identify the proper disposal method.
Have you recently completed a project? Do you have leftover chemicals and or products?
1. Check the label to see if there are disposal instructions on the package.
2. Check to see if there are indicators on the label, usually “Danger,” “Warning,” or “Caution.” More than likely, these are considered hazardous waste.
3. Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.
Specialized Waste – Batteries – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS
All batteries, with the exception of alkaline, are considered a type of hazardous waste called universal waste. As such, all batteries that are not alkaline should be kept separate for hazardous waste collection. Please refer to Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS.
Please review the specific page about batteries from the TCNJ Recycling Website. http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/guidelines/batteries/
Specialized Waste – Batteries – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS
The following information is for all students, faculty, and staff either living on or off campus. Please be advised that you are considered residents of the location of your permanent address. Should your permanent address be on campus, you are considered a resident of Ewing Township/Mercer County (for the purposes of waste disposal) while living on campus. Otherwise, you are redirected to the county where your permanent address is located for proper waste disposal.
Batteries other than alkaline contain heavy metals that are toxic to human health and the environment. As such, these items have special handling and disposal requirements. For most personal purchases the store where you purchased the battery may take the old one when purchasing a new one.
Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.
Specialized Waste – Light bulbs – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS
All light bulb purchases for TCNJ buildings are made through Facilities Operations. Personal student, faculty, and staff lamps are not included in those purchases. Please contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353 for proper handling and storage instructions should your area be generating light bulbs.
Most light bulbs and/or tubes aside from incandescent bulbs contain mercury or other gases that have special handling and disposal requirements. As such, these bulbs are disposed of through a special waste vendor managed by EHS. Mercury-containing items are considered Universal Waste, a type of Hazardous Waste. For disposal information, please refer to Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS
Specialized Waste – Light Bulbs – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS
Most light bulbs and/or tubes aside from incandescent bulbs contain mercury or other gases that have special handling and disposal requirements. As such, these bulbs are not to be disposed of using the College’s bulk trash.
Some stores allow you to return old bulbs when purchasing new ones. Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.
Specialized Waste – Electronics and White Goods – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS
All Consumer Electronics are considered Universal Waste, a type of Hazardous Waste.
Consumer Electronics include some of the following:
- Computers and all their parts
- Monitors and/or televisions
- Fax machines
- Cell phones
- General equipment (plugs in and lights up)
White Goods include some of the following:
For information on the proper disposal of these items, please refer to Hazardous Waste – Chemical Waste – FOR TCNJ PURCHASED ITEMS section.
Specialized Waste – Electronics and White Goods – NOT PURCHASED USING TCNJ FUNDS
All consumer electronics are considered universal waste, a type of hazardous waste. The items contain hazardous materials (mostly heavy metals) that will contaminate soil and/or water if thrown into the trash. As such, do not dispose of these items using the bulk trash on campus.
For some electronics, you may be able to return the old electronic equipment when purchasing a new one.
Check your county website to see if the material is accepted within their Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Collection.
White goods include refrigerators and ovens, these items are normally collected from the point of purchase of the new one. Otherwise, please check with your local county for proper disposal.
Specialized Waste – Students – Move In / Move Out of Residence Halls
Every year, move-in activities generate a large amount of trash and recyclable cardboard. Please be advised that we do recycle on campus and refer to the Recycling Website for additional information: http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/guidelines/
Every year, move-out activities generate a lot of additional trash, approximately thirteen 30-yard dumpsters are used each year to accommodate the large amount of trash. Most of this trash includes usable items that cannot be taken home with students for various reasons. These items can be donated, instead of being sent to a landfill! Please refer to the information on the Reduce For Good Use program. http://recycling.pages.tcnj.edu/students/dump-run/
Specialized Waste – Medications
Please do not flush your personal medications down the toilet or put them in the garbage. Please refer to the following information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:
Specialized Waste – Latex Paint either purchased by TCNJ or not
Proper disposal of latex paint has been summarized by the NJDEP as the following:
Disposal Procedures for Latex Paint:
1. Latex paint must be dried out by an absorbent.
2. Place adsorbent (sand, kitty litter, or speedy dry) into the latex paint.
3. Once the latex paint is absorbed or solid, place the lid back on the paint can OR to reuse can scrape out the dried paint.
4. Place the solid latex paint in a plastic bag.
5. If the solid latex can is being disposed of with the solid latex paint inside it use a heavy contractor bag due to the weight.
6. Place plastic bag(s) out for regular trash collection.
On campus, all used latex paint supplies are to be cleaned out using interior building sinks. Our campus-wide Stormwater Permit does not allow us to rinse any paint-covered materials outside.
Please use the latex paint disposal guide (on the website) for a review of proper handling and disposal.
As a reminder, all oil-based paints and/or finishes that are waste are to be sorted and inventoried for hazardous waste collection in their liquid state.
Please use the latex paint disposal guide for a review of proper handling and disposal.
Regulated Medical Waste
Any container with the universal biohazard symbol (above) on it is considered regulated medical waste. Please first confirm that the waste being generated is actually regulated medical waste then place the waste into the appropriate containers. Once waste is ready to be collected, including sharps containers and any regulated medical waste bag or container that is properly labeled and sealed, they are to be brought to Student Health Services, located in Eickhoff Hall Room 107, where you will be asked to identify the waste (i.e. sharps containers, etc.) and weight of the materials. This information is collected in order to track the waste and fill out an annual report to the NJDEP.
Student, faculty, or staff at home use regulated medical waste can be handled through their personal doctor who has prescribed the needles and/or sharp’s containers. Please see the NJDEP for additional information. NJDEP_At home RMW generators
Recycling (Paper, Bottles and Cans, Cardboard, etc.)
Please note that this link will take you to the Recycling Website homepage. There are multiple tabs to direct you to the information you are searching for. Please click on the Recycling Guidelines tab for a more detailed description of what we recycle on campus.
EHS chairs a Laboratory Safety Committee that meets monthly.
Medical emergencies are to be reported immediately to Campus Police Services by dialing 911 from any hard-wired campus phone or by calling (609)771-2345 from a cell phone. Medical emergencies include student, staff and faculty laboratory chemical accidents and chemical exposure accidents that require medical attention. All laboratories have emergency eye wash and shower stations. Should additional medical attention be needed, please contact Campus Police Services by dialing 911 from any hard-wired campus phone or by calling (609)771-2345 from a cell phone.
Please note that TCNJ does not have medical facilities on campus to treat chemical exposures or chemical accidents for students, faculty, or staff. Student Health Services in Eickhoff Hall is able to provide basic non-emergency care to students during their normal business hours with an appointment. Reporting of medical emergencies and accidents is to be communicated through the area or department, which includes notification to EHS. Faculty and staff accidents are to be communicated to Human Resources and their supervisor. To prevent accidents and injuries in the laboratory, EHS is able to provide assistance with the review of experiments and or chemicals to determine the appropriate health and safety measures needed for a laboratory event. EHS reviews all known or reported laboratory accidents and injuries for future experiments. Please contact EHS with any concerns or questions at extension 2881.
Because metallic mercury (Hg) is widely used in laboratory instruments and mercury compounds are used in many laboratory experiments, it is one of the most frequently spilled materials. Metallic mercury and its compounds can be absorbed into the body by inhalation, ingestion, or contact with the skin. If spills are frequent and mercury is added to the ambient air level, the combined concentration may reach or exceed toxic limits. EHS provides mercury spill cleanup and offers assistance in ensuring a safe environment whenever spills of acutely toxic substances are involved. This assistance may include but is not limited to initial entry evaluation and clean-up, pre-entry monitoring, post-clean-up monitoring, etc. EHS is to be notified of all spills involving mercury or other highly toxic materials. For teaching and research purposes, wherever possible, substitute non-mercury devices, e.g., alcohol thermometers or digital thermometers. Wherever possible specify the use of non-mercury devices for measuring pressure, etc. Please have your mercury thermometers set aside for the next hazardous waste pick-up and replace mercury thermometers with digital ones where possible. Mercury-containing items are considered Universal Waste and not Chemical Waste.
Personal Protective Equipment worn in laboratories is specific to the products being used and to the hazards of the tasks being completed. EHS can assist with any PPE questions or concerns.
Chemical Labeling and Inventory Requirements.
Laboratory Fume Hoods. Fume hoods are the primary engineering control to protect laboratory users from volatile airborne chemical hazards. Energy and Central Utilities uses contractors to conduct annual inspections to confirm laboratory fume hoods are functioning properly. Laboratory personnel must confirm laboratory fume hoods are working properly prior to use and contact Facilities Operations at extension 2353 immediately whenever the fume hood is not operating properly. Laboratory fume hoods are not to be used to store or evaporate chemicals. For specific information about the use of your fume hood, please contact EHS at extension 2881.
The College of New Jersey owns two dams. Should you have questions about these dams or their operations, please contact Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Please visit the following link: https://ehs.tcnj.edu/stormwater/
Reporting an Environmental Concern
Should you have any environmental concern, problem or question, please contact Amanda Radosti at extension 2881 or email@example.com.
For any type of environmental emergency, please contact Campus Police at extension 2345 or (609)771-2345.