Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.41
Liaison Trevor Ledbetter
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2012
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STARS v1.0

University of Arizona
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Joseph Abraham
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:

The University of Arizona, through its Risk Management and Safety unit reduces hazardous, universal and non-regulated chemical waste in several ways. The first is that Risk Management posts clear disposal procedures on its website accounting for hazardous and nonhazardous materials.

Through the UA Surplus Property Office, older electrical items are sold to the public or transferred within the University for reuse as opposed to dumping the equipment in the trash.


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

Risk Management and Safety have created several systems for dealing with waste generated by the UA community. First is that hazardous material both chemical and biological are disposed of in special bins across campus. These bins are then periodically taken away and replaced with new clean bins. The procedure states that employees or responsible individuals must write the name of the substance that is being discarded so that it is disposed of correctly. Secondly, employees are told to contact Risk Management when they need chemicals or glass items disposed of so that Risk Management can take the waste away as soon as possible.

The chemicals and substances that Risk Management and Safety is in charge of, but is not limited to, are ethidium bromide, heavy metals, glass, biological waste, control substances, and sharp objects.


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

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