Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date May 3, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of California, San Diego
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Julie Hampel
Manager Environmental Affairs
Environment Health & Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

UC San Diego’s Environmental Health & Safety Department annually reviews hazardous waste streams composed of chemical, radiological and bio-hazardous constituents to reduce toxicity, decrease volumes, and recycle wastes. Additionally, to reduce overall liability, EH&S staff provide training and information about ways to reduce and recycle hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste to laboratories using electronic newsletters, hazardous materials handling and environmental protection training and periodic laboratory inspections. Refrigerators are deactivated, hazardous substances removed, and the framework recycled as scrap metal. CRTs are deconstructed, batteries are shredded, and precious metals recovered for reuse.

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

All UC campuses use only TSDFs (including both primary and secondary handlers) that have been audited by UC or CHWMEG.

UC San Diego Environmental Health & Safety provides information about the safe handling, storage, and disposal of various types of hazardous waste on their website. On the website, one can find more information on Waste Generator Numbers (WGN), Waste tags/ Online Tag Program (OTP), Waste collection, Asbestos, Biohazardous waste, Chemical waste, Controlled substances, Radioactive waste, Sharps Universal and e-waste, What can go down the drain, Household hazardous waste, and Recycling Training.

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