Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
0.75 / 1.00 Derek Kanwischer
Industrial Materials Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Used lab chemicals that are no longer wanted but safe to use are distributed to other labs if needed through non-formal communications. Universal wastes such as used batteries, and fluorescent lamps are recycled. Reuse of chemicals is encouraged. Departments are encourage to purchase only the amount of chemicals necessary and not stockpile or store additional chemicals.


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

The University of Montana has a hazardous waste collection program. Hazardous waste is collected and containerized on-site. Solvents are bulked in 55 gallon drums and shipped off-site for incineration. Elemental neutralization also occurs on-site and disposed of. Biohazardous waste is collected from across campus and items that cannot be autoclaved or chemically treated are shipped off-site for treatment and disposal.


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

None.


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

No inventory system is used to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of lab chemicals.


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:

All items that have reached the end of their useful life are packaged and sent to a regional R2 Certified e-recycler that processes the materials in accordance with stringent environmental and social guidelines to minimize the negative effects of electronics recycling.


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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Chuck Emnet-
Safety Program Manager, Associate Emergency Manager
Office of Risk Management
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
243-4504 Office
406-370-2870 cell

Derek Kanwischer, Industrial Materials Coordinator (electronics, bulbs, batteries, etc.)
derek.kanwischer@mso.umt.edu

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