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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 Expired
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Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of South Florida
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Christian Wells
Director
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:

1)The Division of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) has created a waste minimization guidelines document to provide the USF community with recommendations and techniques for reducing hazardous wastes.

2)HITS (Hazardous Inventory Tracking System) is a web-based chemical inventory system that assists USF laboratories with the reduction of chemical waste through inventory control. Laboratories can order the chemicals they need and avoid duplication of purchases by first consulting their on-hand inventory.

The chemical surplus program, available through HITS, facilitates the redistribution of unneeded and unwanted chemicals for reuse by others thereby reducing the total volume of hazardous waste disposed.


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

1)EH&S manages the hazardous, biohazardous, and universal pharmaceutical waste disposal programs including compliant shipment and disposal of waste collected from campus satellite accumulation areas. Licensed vendors are contracted to provide shipping and final disposal of these wastes.

2)EH&S provides training to affected faculty, staff, and students on the proper handling and disposal of hazardous wastes and methods to reduce the potential for release of wastes to the environment.

3)The USF Physical Plant recycling program manages the recycling of universal waste fluorescent bulbs, fixture ballasts, batteries, and electronic equipment.


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

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