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Hazardous Waste Funding
EH&S has a recharge system for chemical waste that covers their treatment is disposal
and contractor costs. Increased costs would be reflected by a rise in recharge rates for the
affected waste streams. EH&S staff time is not covered by the recharge system. EH&S
medical and radioactive waste programs are not recharge; these programs are funded by
accounts set up specifically for treatment and disposal.
EH&S recharges the laboratories for the volume or weight of the waste they generate. The
recharge rate is supposed to recover 100% of the program costs.
EH&S recharges both chemical hazardous waste as well as the radioactive waste. Any
increase is operational cost is passed on to the generator by an increase in recharge rate.
EH&S gets reimbursed from their research and instructional laboratories through 19900
funds. The hospital is billed on an annual basis. UCLA’s facilities group is recharged with
a slight mark-up to cover the generator taxes.
UCR funding for waste disposal comes from central sources (19900 funds) via the
Chancellor's Office. After exploring many options, including recharging and surcharging,
EH&S originally received permanent funding back in the early '90's. In ensuing years,
funding has become an issue occasionally, including last year's EPA audit. Yet, campus
leaders continue to recognize that the way to maintain the best and safest practices by
researchers is to fund disposal and management centrally. EH&S asked for additional
funds last fiscal year to meet the increase in waste management and disposal costs
anticipated due to campus growth. We received an annual augmentation effective 7/1/03.
X number of state funded (19900a) dollars, which do not cover the cost of waste disposal.
Once annually, EH&S access each VC for his/her share of the deficient. The amount each
VC owes is based on his/her total pounds of waste generated during the previous fiscal
year (e.g. each VC pays for the coming fiscal year, based on the number of pounds of the
waste they generated last fiscal year. EH&S weighs each container as it comes in and
enters a Waste Generator Number which is tied to a PI and Vice Chancellor Group.
EH&S uses 19900 funds to cover the cost of routinely generated hazardous waste for
campus activities. If the 19900 funds do not cover the cost, EH&S would go to the Budget
Office to request additional funding to make up the deficiency. Hazardous waste disposal
for laboratory cleanouts are charged directly to the PI. Hazardous waste generated as a
result of the move to the new Mission Bay Campus, are charged directly to the Mission Bay
move budget. UCSF Medical Center is recharged directly for their hazardous waste
disposal costs.
EH&S does NOT recharge for research-generated waste. The chancellor covers it from
administrative grant overhead funds (19900). This funding is reviewed every other year.
EH&S does charge for non-research generated waste (facilities, instructional, housing,
etc.). This money can come from a variety of sources. The charges reflect EH&S' cost to
dispose of and handle the waste.
The Natural Sciences Department pays the bill for all science-related hazardous waste
charges. EH&S recharges the non-science departments for their hazardous waste costs.
LANL uses a recharge system with the rates set yearly.
This is the first year that LBNL's waste management program has not been under direct
funding program. LBNL’s waste funding for management of low level waste and
hazardous waste comes from an overhead program (taxation). The funding for
management of mixed waste is through charge back. The charge back rate covers both
variable and fixed costs associated with management of mixed waste. LBNL’s mixed
waste generations has decreased significantly as a result of the charge back program.
LLNL's waste disposal budget is direct funded by DOE Environmental Management (EM).
EM has not started a recharge program but has talked about doing so in the future.