Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.64
Liaison William Cocke
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of North Texas
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Todd Spinks
Director
UNT 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:

Risk Management Services offers an online instruction guide for disposal of chemical waste. Part of the instructions include proper storage until Risk Management Services can pick up the chemical waste.


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

Environmental Services under Risk Management Services handles the proper disposal of hazardous, universal and non-regulated chemical waste according to standard procedure. Environmental Services personnel are involved in roles including consultation about, tracking, storage and disposal of hazardous materials; lab assistance, safety training and inspections; industrial hygiene issues, analysis and remediation; indoor air quality and mold monitoring; testing (as needed) to validate environmental safety for the university population; radiation safety monitoring and management, including laser safety; and biological and chemical hazards control.


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

N/A


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
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Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

UNT is committed to practicing responsible recycling methods. Currently, the university's e-waste recycling initiatives keep items in local and regional markets. Items are recycled in accordance with all state and federal regulations.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

UNT Surplus is responsible for collecting institution-generated electronic waste. Computers are sent to the Texas Criminal Justice System to be reused. All other electronic waste is refurbished and sold to the public. Broken items are taken apart, and the individual parts are recycled.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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