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Chemical Cleanout at Schools

Organization(s) New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Project Description New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) staff are working on the next phase of a program to assist schools with complying with environmental requirements and implementing pollution prevention. The program will now focus on science laboratories and assist schools in inventorying and properly disposing of unwanted chemicals.

NYS DEC coordinated a chemical science lab clean-out pilot project to help schools comply with environmental requirements and implement pollution prevention objectives. The chemical cleanouts were conducted at two Capital District area school science labs. Various hazardous chemicals were packed in 28 containers having a total volume of 670 gallons and were successfully removed from these schools.

Approximately 200 people attended 6 chemical management in schools workshops conducted in Yorktown Heights, Binghamton, Davenport, Harriman, Saratoga, and Holbrook. These workshops were conducted by NYS DEC Pollution Prevention Unit (PPU) staff from January thru March 2009. Attendees included science teachers, school health and safety officers, and buildings and grounds facilities personnel. The last chemical management in schools workshop is scheduled for May 15, 2009 in Albany. The workshop includes various sessions: a NYS School Chemical Cleanout Pilot Project, NYS hazardous waste regulations, best management practices, and the basic principles of green chemistry. Based on positive feedback to these workshops, NYS DEC PPU staff is exploring additional topics, such as the role of the chemical hygiene officer and green chemistry curriculum, to be presented in partnership with other State agencies or entities at future workshops.

Project Contact
Name Deborah Knight
Phone 518-402-9469
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Curriculum Development
Industrial Sectors Educational Institutions
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]


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