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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 60.07
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Connie Smith
Risk Manager
VCAF
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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:

Basic waste minimization options include:
- Waste stream segregation - keep hazardous and non-hazardous wastes clearly separated
- Good housekeeping - prevent contamination of good material, control spillage, etc.
- Inventory control - keep track of materials to prevent duplicate orders, and generating outdated material
- Order chemicals in smaller containers and quantities
- Material substitution - where possible use a non-hazardous chemical
- Using smaller scale demonstrations
- Modifying specific experiments - use a non-hazardous metal in place of mercury, lead, cadmium, etc.
- In the case of coal ash, the campus burns a limited amount of each coal annually compared to years past (500 tons in recent years compared to 4500 tons in previous). We work with a local vendor, Dick Godden, on reuse of current coal ash supply.


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

Various departments across campus produce different types of waste. The Hazardous Waste Program has specific protocol and methods for disposal for each department depending on the type of waste produced.
Light bulbs and ballasts are recycled as are all batteries.


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

Not available due to no incidents.


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

UWRF has a barcoding system to track chemical inventory. This is managed by the Risk Management Department. MSDS Online is the web-based system that is used to track chemical inventory by location.

Lab Managers in the Chemistry, Biology, and Plant and Earth Science Departments have been given administrator rights to the system so they can view and update information as it pertains to their inventory. They can see the inventory between departments in order to redistribute as needed so any over ordering is limited.

The campus has completed a 100% inventory of chemicals in order to comply with labeling requirements related to the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification of Chemicals as required by CFR 1910.1200.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish 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), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

First, our IT and Facilities Department work together to refurbish any electronics that can be sold through our surplus property program. The surplus property program offers items for sale on a monthly basis. Any electronic waste that is sent away for recycling is first wiped of all data as applicable, then sent to an electronics recycling company, who perform a second round of data removal if needed. The company refurbishes, re-purposes, or recycles the waste free of charge to the University.


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

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:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.