Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.09
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of New Hampshire
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Jennifer Andrews
Project Director
Sustainability Institute
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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:

In support of the University’s ongoing efforts to minimize costs, control liability, and maintain a sound environmental program, every effort is be made by UNH to minimize the generation of hazardous waste. To accomplish this objective, the USNH Council on Environmental Health and Safety has developed a Waste Minimization Strategy designed to identify and develop opportunities to control chemical use and reduce waste generation. Various methods have been identified and implemented. These include such actions as:

Purchasing Control: Review of chemical purchases to ensure that appropriate materials and quantities are purchased. This helps to prevent purchasing too much of a material or material of the wrong type that could become a regulated waste.

Periodic Inventory Evaluation: Evaluation of laboratory reagents for current use, transfer to virtual stockroom or disposal.

Surplus List: An online system to match on-campus chemicals with university researchers to avoid the disposal of useful materials.

Environmental Management System: The Solid Waste and Environmental Management Plan (SWEMP) is expected to reduce the volume of the solid waste stream, reduce the toxicity of the solid waste stream, increase re-use and recycling efforts, and promote pollution prevention at the University.

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

In accordance with the 2010 Hazardous Waste Management Plan (see https://unh.app.box.com/s/fws3xwgvjgaln6gemed4o6brd8bvyiwo), hazardous waste is safely disposed of in several ways. Proper packaging of hazardous waste is necessary to ensure safe transportation from point of origin to ultimate disposal. The selection of appropriate containers helps prevent leaks and spills that may result in human exposure or environmental release during material handling, storage and transport. Routine handling occurs on the campus, in transit to the disposal facility or during the disposal process. The selection of appropriate containers is only to be completed by the Coordinator of Hazardous Waste or the Hazardous Waste Specialist.

Universal wastes are managed in accordance with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services' "Requirements for Universal Waste Management (Env-Wm 1100)." The Universal Waste Management Plan has been developed that outlines the procedures the University will take to properly manage universal wastes.

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


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

UNH uses an inventory program called UNHCEMS. The program tracks chemicals in labs, radioactive materials, biological materials, msds, prints out door signs, etc. For more information see https://www.unh.edu/research/unhcems

Specifically for chemicals, there is a surplus list that allows faculty to offer chemicals they no longer use to others. The two parties are responsible for the transfer of that chemical. But beside that, many times a researcher will perform a chemical search in UNHCEMS to ask to use a small quantity of a chemical without the need to purchase a new container.

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:

The Safe Electronic Equipment Disposal (SEED) program began its first collection day with great success on March 5, 2010.

This program provides for the disposal of surplus equipment containing circuit boards such as computers, monitors, printers, peripherals, scientific equipment and audio-visual equipment.

For university-owned equipment, staff and faculty are instructed in the wiping of hard drive/disks and tapes, pre-donation, to help them comply with the USNH System Access Policy on equipment with data storage capability.

Materials are collected monthly at an on-campus drop-off site (1 Leavitt Lane).


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Other contacts: Jeff Anderson and Marty McCrone in UNH Environmental Health and Safety: http://www.unh.edu/research/hazardous-waste-management

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