Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 James Vollrath
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Waste Source Reduction
Proper Chemical Usage
Waste Minimization

See Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization Plans


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

Texas State and the STAR facility are registered Large Quantity Generators with EPA and TCEQ. All hazardous and industrial class waste is handled accordance with applicable rules and regulations (30 TAC 335 and 40 CFR 260-265). Hazardous waste is picked up from Satellite Accumulation Areas weekly as needed and brought to the 90-day storage facilities for field testing and coding, and properly stored until our contracted disposal company is scheduled to pick up the waste and transport is to their permitted Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) for treatment and final disposal or recycling.


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

There have been no spills or releases of hazardous materials in excess of the Reportable Quantity from Texas State in the past three years.


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

Currently, all chemicals which have a condition which qualifies them for re-distribution are maintained on a spreadsheet by Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management (EHSRM). We recently purchased a chemical inventory and EHS inspection software program, EHS Assistant, which will allow us to publish those chemicals available for re-distribution to Researchers and Academic Departments. Currently, chemical re-distribution is informal and done on a case-by-case basis by EHSRM.


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:

EHSRM runs a battery/cellphone/ink jet drop off program. We have approximately 100 bins placed in academic buildings and dorms across campus. The waste is sorted at the EHSRM office and sent off to an approved recycling facility.

IT Assistance Center collects old computers and sends them to the manufacturer for recycling.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
No

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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