Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.27
Liaison Linda Kogan
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cynthia Norton
Chemical Management
Public Safety Department - Environmental Health and 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:

UCCS is subject to regulation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) with respect to all solid waste management issues. UCCS has developed the Lab Safety Manual which reflects the University’s practices with regards to solid waste management.


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

Hazardous Wastes

All wastes generated on campus are evaluated to determine if they are classified as hazardous waste. Those materials which are hazardous waste are managed in accordance with CDPHE requirements including:

• Minimizing releases to the environment by proper storage and handling procedures
• Off-site disposal at EPA approved treatment, storage and disposal facilities

UCCS segregates waste streams in an attempt to broaden our disposal options such as participating in fuel blending programs for non-halogenated solvents and incineration programs.

In addition, UCCS encourages labs to minimize the amount of hazardous waste being generated by reducing both the volume and toxicity of materials utilized on campus. We have some labs engaged in green chemistry. Likewise, our custodial staffs have predominantly converted to green cleaning products.

We encourage labs to reutilize, to the extent it is safe, empty reagent containers for their waste collection. Excess empty containers are placed in our single stream recycling program.

The campus does maintain an inventory of hazardous materials present on campus. If excess hazardous materials are submitted during the hazardous waste collection process, attempts are made to find alternative users for that material before it is disposed of as hazardous waste.

Non-regulated Hazardous Materials
UCCS treats non-regulated hazardous materials in a manner similar to hazardous waste. Disposal of any hazardous material into the trash is strictly forbidden. UCCS works with our hazardous waste disposal contractor to manage and properly dispose of non-regulated hazardous materials.

UCCS has a robust copy and printer toner/ink recycling program. This program includes selling some used toner/inks, returning some to the manufacturer for recycling and/or sending to an offsite recycler for material recovery.

Biological Wastes
UCCS segregates its biological waste streams into those that can be treated on-site and those which require off-site treatment and disposal. Those waste streams which can be treated via autoclave are treated on-site and then managed as solid waste. Sharps and other biological waste streams which cannot be treated via autoclave are collected and disposed of off-site via a Colorado registered Biohazardous Disposal Company. Generally these go for incineration.

Universal Wastes
There are a variety of materials which fall under the universal waste category. UCCS manages each of them as noted below. Much of this information can be found in the Office of Sustainability’s website http://www.uccs.edu/sustain/operations/reducing-waste.html.

Aerosol Cans
Aerosol cans which are not empty have to be treated as hazardous wastes and fall under the hazardous waste procedures previously noted. Those aerosol cans which are empty are placed in our single stream recycling program since they are metal.

Batteries
The Office of Sustainability recycles all battery types on campus. These batteries are recycled through Blue Star Recyclers (http://www.bluestarrecyclers.com/). Batteries are collected at recycling locations positioned throughout the campus. These recycling locations are open for both campus generated wastes as well as for students to place their self-generated batteries into the bins.

Electronics (devices, components, cell phones, etc.)
The Office of Sustainability recycles/disposes of all electronic devices and components on campus. Again there are collection locations throughout the campus where both university generated small electronics and student generated electronics can be placed for pick-up. Larger electronics (computers, monitors, etc.) are managed through our facilities organization for ultimate electronics recycling.

1.5.4 Lamps/Fluorescent Bulbs, CFLs
Facilities collects and manages all fluorescent bulbs, CFL bulbs, etc. on campus. This includes green-tipped lamps. These bulbs are crushed in an EPA approved bulb crusher with an approved mercury vapor filtration system. The crushed materials are then sent off-site for recovery.

Used Oil
All used oil generated on the UCCS campus whether from laboratory equipment or vehicle fleet is sent for oil recycling through a contract provider. This includes the oil, fuel, transmission and other fluid filters. These filters are properly drained and sent for metal recovery.


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

Over the past 3 years, UCCS has not experienced any significant releases of hazardous materials to the environment.


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

Any unused chemicals in the labs are stored and reused for future labs or classes. Individuals who use, store or handle chemicals are responsible for submitting an annual inventory to the Environmental Health and Safety Office.


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:

UCCS collects electronic waste in numerous locations on campus and this material is delivered to Blue Star Recyclers, an e-Steward certified recycler.
Electronics Recycling Policy requires E-Steward certified recyclers.
http://www.uccs.edu/Documents/vcaf/policies/700-006%20Computer%20and%20Electronics%20Disposal%204-2013.pdf

UCCS also collects and sorts batteries to be recycled through Blue Star Recyclers.
Toner Cartridges are also collected for recycling and proceeds are distributed to the staff governance group.


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:
4.06 Tons

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

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