Federal and state regulations require generators of hazardous wastes to manage those wastes in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. BSU Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) coordinates management of chemical and Biological hazardous wastes generated by Bemidji State University. This includes collection, central storage, manifesting, and shipping of the wastes. Prior to removal by EHS, the individual generators are responsible for proper management of hazardous wastes generated in their respective areas. This includes proper collection, identification, labeling, and storage of the waste. EHS will also provide waste management information, advice, and other assistance to campus generators. A Chemical Hazardous Waste Management Guide and a Biohazardous Waste Management Guide are available on the BSU EHS web site or by contacting EHS.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Prudent and responsible waste management practices must include ongoing efforts to reduce and/or eliminate waste generation in the first place. All BSU employees are encouraged to consider ways they can reduce or eliminate waste generated by their work activities. Some suggestions for waste reduction include:
- Substitute non-hazardous or less hazardous products for hazardous ones
- Use water based paints and soy based inks
- Purchase and prepare products in quantities that will be completely used
- Reduce the size and frequency of waste generating projects and activities
- Accurately label product containers and prevent product contamination
- Design projects that will use wastes generated by other projects
Others sources of information on waste reduction include professional publications, product vendors and manufacturers, environmental web sites at various universities, and government agencies such as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). BSU EHS will also assist in exploring waste reduction possibilities.