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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.34
Liaison Kat Pohlman
Submission Date April 26, 2016
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University of North Carolina, Wilmington
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kathryn Pohlman
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:

The Chemistry Department is the main contributor to hazardous waste at UNCW. The Department practices "green" chemistry, reducing or eliminating the use of haz

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

Incineration, fuel blending, and/or recycling are the methods of disposal by a reputable contractor with valid EPA number and good reputation.

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:

After a lab clean-out, the chemicals that have not reached their expiration date are offered to the entire department as surplus.

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

UNCW offers electronic recycling to all students, faculty, staff and the community. There is a waste collection area 24/7 and the program is promoted during on recycling bins, during campus events and Recyclemania.
All UNCW electronic equipment that is no longer wanted (including non-working equipment) is sent to UNCW Surplus for resale or electronic recycling.

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 Environment, Health and Safety Workplace Safety Section is responsible for ensuring that all University employees (including full-time, part-time, and temporary) receive the required training under State and Federal regulations. These requirements cannot be fully met without the help of Employees, Supervisors, Principal Investigators and Department Heads.

Powerhouse Recycling processes are in compliance with local, state, and federal laws. They maintain a strict zero landfill policy.They are a R2/ ISO-14001:2004 company. Powerhouse Recycling is wholly committed to protecting our environment; which is reflected in all aspects of our business practices

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

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