October 24, 2014

Consumer Products Disposal

Marine Biological Laboratory
Policy No. B.1.10

Safety

Initiated by: Superintendent, Building Services and Grounds
Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Approved by: Director/CEO
Date: December 7, 1999
Revision: #1, September 30, 2008
Distribution: MBL Community

1.0 Purpose
This policy has been developed to describe the methods by which the MBL will manage the disposal of consumer products with potentially toxic components. These products may be “universal wastes” regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or contain materials such as cathode ray tubes (CRTs) which may cause environmental concerns when discarded in landfills.

All employees shall use municipal services such as household hazardous waste collection days to discard your household hazardous waste.  The MBL no longer accepts household hazardous waste from employees.

2.0 Policies for Specific Wastes

2.1  Cathode ray tubes including those in computer monitors and televisions will be sent for commercial remanufacturing and/or disposal. Custodians under the direction of the Superintendent of BS&G will be responsible for collecting these items. Household CRTs will not be accepted.

2.2  Electronic equipment, including telephones, will be sent for commercial remanufacturing and/or disposal. Custodians under the direction of the Superintendent of BS&G will be responsible for collecting these items. Household electronics will not be accepted.

2.3  Fluorescent lamps will be collected by Custodians and sent for mercury recovery/recycling/disposal via a licensed disposal vendor.  Debris from single broken lamps should be very carefully collected and discarded in regular trash.

2.4  Mercury vapor lamps must be packaged securely and brought to the Recycle Area in Lillie basement across from the Mailroom.

2.5  Alkaline batteries are regular trash. Call Safety (Ext.7424) for guidance on other small batteries such as nickel/cadmium, button, lithium, and metal hydride.

2.6  Automobile/marine batteries from MBL Vehicles/Vessels should be discarded through your vendor when a replacement battery is purchased. When necessary they will be accepted by Safety (x7424).

2.7  Thermostats and other items containing mercury switches must be brought to the Recycle Area in Lillie basement across from the Mailroom.

2.8   Smoke detectors are regular trash, even ionization detectors containing small radioactive sources.

2.9  Pesticides that were used at the MBL will be accepted be Safety (x7424) for chemical waste disposal.

2.10  Latex paints should be allowed to dry and placed in regular trash. Oil-based paints and other flammable or combustible maintenance products will be accepted by Safety (x7424).

2.11  Aerosol cans will be accepted by Safety (x7424) for waste disposal.

2.12  Special disposal requirements may also exist for other consumer products such as antifreeze, asbestos, art supplies, photographic chemicals, propane tanks, compressed gas cylinders, and appliances. Please contact the EH&S Manager (x7424) for up-to-date information on proper disposal methods.

3.0 Policy Clarification and Updates
Please contact the EH&S Manager at extension 7424 if you have any questions regarding this policy. The Massachusetts DEP has additional information on the disposal of consumer products available on their web site at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/hazardous/hazardous-household-products-handling-and-management.html.