Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jewel Snavely
Campus Sustainability Coordinator, TGIF Grants Manager
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:

The University of California, Santa Barbara reduces hazardous waste through its Environmental Health & Safety department (EH&S). EH&S produces a Hazardous Waste Minimization Plan and offers educational courses on hazardous waste to staff and faculty. EH&S also actively promotes the re-use of hazardous chemicals within departments and on campus.


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

UCSB's EH&S is responsible for properly disposing hazardous waste in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. The EH&S website provides information for faculty, staff, and students about who to contact when hazardous waste is an issue. It also provides pickup and cleanup services for chemicals and other hazardous materials in order to ensure their proper disposal.


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 significant reports of a hazardous material release in the previous three years.


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

Since approximately 2008, the University of California, Santa Barbara has managed a Surplus Chemical Exchange Inventory that notes the availability of unused or excess chemicals. The Chemical Exchange Program encourages recirculating chemicals within departments and campus-wide. The Surplus Chemical Program reduces chemical waste streams and saves money. Chemical use is essential to the operations of many laboratories on campus, making chemicals an important resource to protect. Recipients can be confident of chemical quality and purity when accepting chemicals screened and logged by EH&S and will avert significant energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from chemical manufacturing.


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:

Surplus Sales division of Distribution & Logistical Services collects E-waste from campus departments and will sell, reuse, or properly recycle the device with an approved E-Waste Recycler. UCSB's Environmental Health & Safety Department submits the annual E-waste report to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
EH&S E-Waste Information: http://www.ehs.ucsb.edu/units/hw/hwrsc/hwpdf/ewastepdf.pdf


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:
70.52 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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UCSB's Electronic waster recycler is Electronic Recyclers International which is both e-stewards and R2 certified.

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