Waste Reduction at Duke University and Duke Health
January 24th, 2020
Waste Reduction at Duke

Always working to reduce the amount of Hazardous Waste that goes into the environment.

2019 Statistics:

  • Amount of Acid and Base Neutralized onsite for safe drain disposal – 6,119 lbs.
  • Amount of Oil collected and recycled – 5,857 lbs.
  • Amount of Lead recycled – 1,146 lbs.
  • Amount of Rechargeable Batteries collected and recycled – 19,181 lbs.
  • Amount of Electronic Light Ballasts recycled – 1,481 lbs.
  • Number of Light Bulbs containing Mercury recycled – (625,321 Light Bulbs since 2003)

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 above numbers (in pounds) reflect our efforts through 2019 and demonstrate the reduction in the volumes of actual waste coming from Dukes campus and off-site facilities. 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/reuse when and where they can.