Duke OESO – Environmental Programs
May 5th, 2022

Working to reduce the amount of actual waste that goes into the environment.

2021 Statistics:

  • Amount of Acid and Base Neutralized onsite for safe drain disposal – 11,440 lbs.
  • Amount of Oil collected and recycled – 4,547 lbs.
  • Amount of Lead recycled – 1,315 lbs.
  • Amount of Rechargeable Batteries collected and recycled – 12,428 lbs.
  • Amount of Electronic Light Ballasts recycled – 3,865 lbs.
  • Number of Light Bulbs containing Mercury recycled – 4,730 lamps (639,836 lamps since 2003)

Waste Reduction at Duke University and Duke Health

The Environmental Programs Division of OESO is continually working to remove the amount of actual regulated hazardous waste generated at Duke by incorporating Recycling/Reuse and Source Reduction programs into our comprehensive Waste Management strategy. The goal being to minimize the amount of waste that goes into the environment. The above numbers reflect our efforts through collection and recycling of specific waste materials for 2021. It is important that every member of the Duke University community be aware of the environmental and financial impacts related to the disposal of hazardous wastes and materials and to help reduce the volumes that are generated. Waste comes from research and clinical laboratories, Duke Hospital, clinics, and support facilities and is generated as a result of routine activities, single time experiments, unused but no longer needed reagent chemicals, poor purchasing practices and/or lack of appropriate inventory control. Proper waste management needs to be considered as an integral part of operating procedures and everyone at Duke can do their part to reduce, recycle, and reuse when and where they can.

OESO – Environmental Programs Division
Hazardous Waste Management