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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.11
Liaison Corey Hawkey
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Arizona State University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

All waste is documented and categorized for disposal, reuse or recycle. Flammable liquids are mixed for energy recovery, non-regulated chemicals are subtracted from the hazardous waste program. Light bulbs are collected and de-engineered for recycling. Used oils are segregated for recycling.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

The University has an aggressive hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste program that is mandated by written policy, implemented by a funded program employing 6 full time university employee environmental professionals. All wastes are collected, and moved into a central accumulation area where the material are packaged for off-site transport to fully licensed hazardous waste disposal facilities (TSDFs). or recycling centers.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

N/A


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

EH&S has implemented the Chemical Exchange Program to help deliver these unused chemicals to other labs that will use them. This program is an important step to waste reduction because the program supports the Zero Waste goal at ASU by potentially diverting chemicals from becoming waste.

https://d3dqsm2futmewz.cloudfront.net/docs/gios/green-labs/chemical-exchange-program.pdf


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Arizona State University’s electronics and appliance recycling program accepts computers and peripherals, TVs and components, video games, stereo and video equipment, cameras, cables and switches, personal mini-fridges, microwaves, and more. Faculty and staff must contact Surplus Property for pick up.

Students are able to drop off electronic waste at collection points in the Memorial Union and Noble Library on Tempe campus, University Center and Taylor Place on Downtown campus and the Academic Center on Polytechnic campus.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
2.77 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.