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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Steve Heinitz
Recycling Manager
Physical Plant
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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:

Reduce the amount of chemicals ordered to decrease chemical waste. Label all chemical waste containers appropriately. Consolidate compatible chemical waste. Do not let wastes accumulate. Do not abandon labs with chemical wastes left behind. Consult OHES if a new research project is going to begin that will generate large quantities of waste.


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

Protocols have been developed which instruct, in a step-by-step process, how chemical waste is to be disposed of on both campuses of the university. These protocols are listed in Section XIV (Medical Campus) and Section XV (Academic Campus) of the Environmental Health & Safety Program for Chemical Waste Management.


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

There have not been in the last 3 years.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
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Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

Computers, hard drives, keyboards, monitors, fax machines, printers, scanners and microwaves can all be recycled through the E-Waste recycling program. Departments Surplus e-waste items prior to them be accepted for recycling. The Physical Plant Dept. of General Services pick-ups the electronics items for delivery to PPD-Surplus Property Warehouse. Depending upon the condition of the electronoic equipment it is either sold for reuse through the VCU Gov Deals Program or the materials are recycled.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

All the E-Waste collected by PPD-General Services or contracted moving company and is transported in the surplus property warehouse. E-waste that is not sold through the VCU-Gov-Deals Programs is recycled responsibly through our contract with AERC Recycling Solutions. AERC's electronics processing facilities have the distinct industry designation of being independently certified as R2/RIOS Certified Electronics Recycler™ facilities.


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

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.