Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.32
Liaison Andy Mitchell
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois Chicago
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
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?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
UIC reduces hazardous waste wherever possible. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) employs a waste minimization policy in which certain chemicals are encouraged to be properly disposed in a more environmentally friendly way. Chemicals like Ethidium Bromide are encouraged to be substituted for less hazardous alternatives. Other chemicals like formaldehyde are required to be neutralized prior to disposal.

Some other hazardous chemicals like solvents are reclaimed through fractional distillation columns, housed in EHSO as well as the Department of Chemistry. UIC also recycles alkaline batteries (universal waste). Unwanted chemicals are given to other researchers via the Chemical Redistribution Program as opposed to disposing of the chemicals as waste.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Chemical waste is picked up and briefly held at the Environmental Waste Facility. The waste is picked up by Clean Harbors, a third party contractor, to properly dispose of the waste following all state and federal guidelines. UIC uses a reputable waste vendor who transports our hazardous waste to a Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF) where it is treated in accordance with state and federal environmental regulations.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
The UIC transportation and East and West Co-generation plants have a Spill Prevention program in place to handle any spills that might occur from oil tanks and oil filled equipment. Between these three sites, there is over 200,000 gallons of oil. Each site has spill equipment to handle minor spills and have procedures in place to handle large spills. In the previous three years, no major spills have occurred at UIC.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
UIC employs a campus-wide Chemical Redistribution Program that users can freely donate chemicals to or take chemicals at their leisure. Laboratories are encouraged to update their chemical inventories annually and donate any unneeded chemicals by filing a Chemical Redistribution Form. Then, the UIC Scientific Supply Center stocks the useable chemicals on the shelf for any UIC faculty, staff, or student to use in their research. UIC also facilitates the reuse of chemicals through the UIC Green Labs Committee, which meets bi-monthly. Members are able to communicate via social media as well as a listserv to request redistributed chemicals and supplies.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

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:
All electronic equipment such as computers, printers, monitors, and televisions are considered state property and managed under the University’s Property Accounting program. Since 2008, the University has disposed of electronic devices through an electronics recycler. Any equipment that is no longer needed is reported on a special form to the Office of Business and Financial Services, University Property Accounting and Reporting. Once they have processed the form, units must be removed intact to the surplus warehouse. This material is then managed through the University of Illinois central administration in compliance with all state mandated requirements for disposal of electronics.
The University of Illinois complies with state law, which requires elimination of electronic data from scrapped items and environmentally sound disposition practices. As such, the University disposes of electronic scrap equipment through State of Illinois contracted service providers to ensure recycling of usable items and environmentally responsible disposition of unusable items.

Additionally, UIC has a history of organizing a large scale event titled "the Great Stuff eXchange" in which departments and students can drop off/pick up office supplies/electronic items at no cost.

Any electronic equipment belonging to the university - computers, monitors, peripherals, copiers, fax machines, lab equipment - must be disposed of through a recycler that manages the materials in an environmentally sound process. The vendor we partner with, New Star, includes a hard drive shredder to ensure data is completely erased and destroyed

Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
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