Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tony Oswald
Hazardous Waste Manager
Environment Health & Safety
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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:

Containers of hazardous wastes are labeled with a specialized hazardous waste label as soon as material is added to them. Wastes are segregated according to chemical compatibility so an adverse reaction does not occur when adding waste to a container


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

When laboratories wish to dispose of waste in their individual satellite accumulation areas, the following steps are taken:
• A pickup request is made to UB EH&S via fax or electronic means providing information about the type of waste they have and the location.
• Information is logged into our hazardous waste computer tracking system which tracks waste from pickup to off-site shipment
• If the volume exceeds 55 gallons, it must be picked up within 3 days.
• EHS& will collect waste from individual labs, store it in a secure storage area and ship it out for proper disposal within the USEPA regulated time frame.
• All hazardous waste is disposed of in accordance with local, state and Federal regulations.


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

None


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

None


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:

A call can be placed to university facilities for pick ups of various electronic waste and then an outside company comes and picks up whatever waste the university has twice a week.

http://www.buffalo.edu/sustainability/keyinitiatives/green-solutions/Recycling/computer-electronics.html


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:
71.60 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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