Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.92
Liaison Gretchen Vanicor
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Joe Nelson
Grad Assistant
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’S PROGRAM ENCOURAGES MINIMAL PURCHASES OF CHEMICALS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE CONSUMED BEFORE THEIR SHELF LIFE.

ALL BATTERIES USED BY THE UNIVERSITY ARE RECYCLED.

ALL USED MOTOR OILS AND WASTE FLAMMABLES ARE RECYCLED.

PAINT COLORS FOR THE CAMPUS ARE UNIVERSAL AND LIMITED, WHICH REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF PAINT WASTE (1/2 EMPTY PAINT CONTAINERS CAN BE RE-USED ELSEWHERE ON THE CAMPUS).

AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CLEANING SOLVENT THAT IS RECYCLED (BY A SPECIFIC CONTRACTOR) IS UTILIZED FOR MAINTENANCE SHOPS.

A UNIVERSITY WIDE LIGHTING RETRO-FIT AND UPGRADE PROJECT IS ONGOING, AND THAT INCLUDES THE SELECTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AND ENERGY SAVING LAMP BULBS.


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

THE UNIVERSITY UTILIZES A LICENSED AND FULLY QUALIFIED HAZARDOUS WASTE CONTRACTOR, WHO PACKAGES, TRANSPORTS, AND PROPERLY DISPOSES OF ALL HAZARDOUS WASTES IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. THE UNIVERSITY DOES NOT ALLOW ANY BLENDING OR CO-MINGLING OF ITS HAZARDOUS WASTE WITH THE WASTE OF ANY OTHER ENTITY. THE CONTRACTOR UTILIZED BY THE UNIVERSITY POSSESSES ITS OWN INCINERATOR AND ITS OWN TREATMENT, STORAGE, AND DISPOSAL FACILITY (TSDF), WHICH REDUCES THE UNIVERSITY’S EXPOSURE TO LIABILITY.


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 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL RELEASE INCIDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY WITHIN THE PREVIOUS 3 YEARS.


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

ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AT THE UNIVERSITY ARE INVENTORIED ANNUALLY, BUT THIS IS DONE FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE PURPOSES, NOT REUSE OR REDISTRIBUTION PURPOSES.


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?:
No

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:

Students, faculty, and staff at UL Lafayette can recycle their ink and toner cartridges by either dropping off their used cartridges to the Office of Sustainability or e-mail the Office of Sustainability, requesting a pick-up. The Office of sustainability sends the material to Funding Factory and Office Depot to be recycled. According to the Funding Factory website (http://www.fundingfactory.com/environmental-policy.aspx), they adhere to the R2 recovery hierarchy.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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