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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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Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2015
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University of Arkansas
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Carlos Ochoa
Director
Office for Sustainability
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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:

Hazardous waste is reduced by requesting departments to only buy what is needed and by budget restrictions; a comprehensive on-line chemical inventory system is available through Environmental Health and Safety.


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

The institution collects hazardous waste from all laboratories and facilities on campus, provides temporary storage of the waste in an approved facility, and delivers it to a licensed Hazardous Waste Transporter, which delivers it to a licensed remediation/destruction facility. All hazardous waste generated by the University is tracked from collection through destruction or remediation. Records of disposal are maintained by EH&S. Universal waste is recycled by a licensed recycling facility or disposed of as hazardous waste. Non-regulated chemical waste that could be harmful to the environment or to people is treated as hazardous waste and disposed of accordingly. The transporter assures disposal is carried out in approved manner, and reports same to the University.


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

None


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

EHS asks to only buy what is needed. go to green chemicals such as dish soap. No purchasing regulations besides budget. Reduction wouldn't see any difference unless it is end of year and he does a total. Nothing that dictates to professors to actually reduce waste.
policy-get handle on purchase….central purchase and process where you have to contact and explain purpose, etc. shelf life…broad policy will be ignored. have to restrict first string. agencies to buy from are great. 2. still applicable.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

University Information Technical Services rehabs and re-purposes computers that are approaching their service life.
Surplus Property sells e-waste to area bidders.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

The vendor used by the university, eSCO, is an e-Steward certified company.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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