Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.89
Liaison Micah Kenfield
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Micah Kenfield
Sustainability Coordinator
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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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 chemical recycling program allows for reduced purchasing of lab chemicals.


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

The Division of Research Safety manages the disposal of all hazardous waste.


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

Leaking chemical waste container
Description of the incident

DRS was contacted for assistance when a 20-liter container of waste HF in a fume hood was discovered to be leaking. Laboratory staff were able to neutralize the spill with sodium carbonate. Neutralized material, cleanup materials, and the broken jerrican were placed in a bag for disposal by DRS. During the response, it was discovered that it would take a few years to fill the jerrican.


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

ChemCycle is a campus chemical redistribution program of preowned, excess chemicals. The chemicals are from abandoned, obsolete, or otherwise unwanted containers of chemicals generated by over purchasing, relocation, or change of research emphasis.


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:

Electronic waste is collected at campus surplus. From there it is recycled by Illinois Central Management System.


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