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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 Bronze
Overall Score 41.99
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Montana
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Eva Rocke
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

Departments are encourage to purchase only the amount of chemicals necessary and not stockpile or store additional chemicals. A central purchasing department called Chem Stores oversees the purchase of chemicals and can assist deparments in sharing when appropriate.

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

The University of Montana has a hazardous waste collection program. Hazardous waste is collected and containerized on-site. Solvents are bulked in 55 gallon drums and shipped off-site for incineration. Elemental neutralization also occurs on-site and disposed of. Biohazardous waste is collected from across campus and items that cannot be autoclaved or chemically treated are shipped off-site for treatment and disposal.

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


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

The University stopped the chemical reuse program due to lack of storage space.

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

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

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:

The labor crew handles more then 90% of the E-waste; students do not handle it. The labor crew, and UM's Recycling Coordinator, consists of the only people that handle the E-waste. They have special guidelines they follow to make sure they are getting rid of the waste in a safe and responsibly way.
o Any equipment that is brought in that holds personal data is first destroyed. Then the equipment is palletized and shrink-wrapped. The university of Montana then sends the equipment to ECS refining, located in California

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

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:
20 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Kay Altenhofen- Environmental Health Department
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (406) 243-4503

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