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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.

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Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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New Mexico State University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

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Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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?:

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

When material is picked up and we have the option to re-use it, we give it to another department or researcher (i.e., acetone or paint gets sent to other departments). We have a contractor who recycles and re-uses motor or transformer oils. We also train all employees working with hazardous materials and reinforce strategies to reduce waste. NMSU requires that individuals obtain approval before accepting any donated hazardous materials.

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

Environmental Health and Safety picks up, for free, any hazardous materials on campus. We contract with a number of different EPA-permitted companies that have been pre-qualified through an extensive purchasing review (such as Clean Harbors, Stericycle, and Veolia). Waste is managed by the NMSU staff of four highly-qualified and competent individuals who have been trained in all regulatory requirements relating to proper disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

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