Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.84
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date April 26, 2024

STARS v2.2

University of Miami
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
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?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The University encourages thoughtful purchasing of chemicals and materials that would be utilized before the expiration date without long term storage. Materials that are not being utilized in a timely manner are considered for repurposing or redistribution.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
The University contracts with a federally licensed waste disposal company that packages and disposes of our chemical and universal wastes according to local, state and federal regulations.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
One diesel spill was reported to the state. A sensor had failed on a generator day tank, resulting in extra fuel being pumped to the generator and spilling into some nearby soil. A Facilities employee recognized a change in the diesel storage tank level and reported it. The leak was stopped, the day tank was repaired and the soil was disposed of by a state approved response contractor, according to regulation.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
Laboratory closures are coordinated with the department and Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Chemicals are offered for redistribution at that time. EHS also utilizes the laboratory database to share and repurpose chemicals, upon request.

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:
Institution: The Medial Disposal Service is a process by which data is irreversibly removed from media devices such as hard drives, thumb drives, mobile phones, etc. The method used is to shred devices in order to minimize risk of security breaches and reduce the loss of intellectual information, PHI, research data, or other confidential information stored on the device. A third-party vendor performs the shredding activity onsite under the supervision of UMIT personnel. The shredded materials are then taken offsite and recycled responsibly using an R2 and e-Stewards certified partner. The third party vendor that the University contracts with is ShredQuick. They are AAA Certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). One of the requirements to being AAA Certified is to use R2 and e-Steward certified recyclers. In this case, ShredQuick uses Sims Recycling Solutions which is R2 and e-Steward certified. Students: The U Tech Source will take any student's old technology. Students may simply bring in their device or visit the shopUofMiami.com site to receive a trade-in quote. They receive their trade-in value on a UM Bookstore gift card, so that they can use it toward the purchase of a new device or anything in the bookstore. All trade-in are recycled through the I Store guidelines. All products that contain rewritable storage media processed by Encore Repair Services have any and all user data deleted, such that it cannot be recovered by or accessed by any future users. The process to destroy user data vary by product and be incorporated in a comprehensive test procedure that is developed to functionally test and where applicable, erase all data. The erasure process used is compliant with NIST 800-88 specifications. http://www.miami.edu/finance/index.php/green_u/recycling/e_waste/#perso

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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