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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 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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University of Illinois at Chicago
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

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Complete Expired Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, 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, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Researchers are encouraged to minimize their waste. Waste minimization is a prominent chapter in the Hazardous Waste Management manual and the laboratory safety training program. Additionally, the Environmental Health and Safety Office operates a chemical redistribution program to find new owners for unwanted, unused laboratory chemicals. They have also employed a Pollution Prevention specialist to develop campus-wide waste minimization programs such as xylene and solvent recycling.


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

All hazardous, radioactive, some universal, and chemical waste (including non-regulated) is managed through the Environmental Health and Safety Office. A request must be submitted either electronically to the EHSO. The hazardous chemical waste that is received from UIC laboratories is brought to a central facility managed by the EHSO Health and Safety Section. Most of the solvent waste is bulked by compatibility into 55-gallon drums. Most of the solid waste and other liquid waste is lab packed into drums with other chemicals in the same compatibility class. All the waste is transported and
prepared for final disposal by approved, permitted hazardous waste vendors.


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

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