|Submission Date||April 30, 2014|
University of Texas at Austin
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management
Environmental Health and Safety
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:
UT Austin has a robust and well established Hazardous Waste Management program with an emphasis on waste minimization. The office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has five technicians and specialists working in the Hazardous Materials Program. This staff is dedicated to the proper management and disposal of all the hazardous waste (chemical and biological) and universal waste generated by the University including all off site locations not just the Main Campus in Austin. There is an online training program in place for the proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste which includes promoting waste minimization.
EHS has a written Waste Minimization Plan and the university is pursuing a variety of initiatives including:
• Green labs
• Small-scale recycling in labs
• Chemical exchange programs
• Chemical container recycling
• Mercury thermometer exchange
• Glove recycling
Last calendar year (2013) UT-Austin’s volume of hazardous (RCRA) waste was reduced by 17% from the previous year 2012.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Sharps and biological waste are picked up throughout campus, following receipt of a Biological Waste and Sharps Form. Supplies, such as sharp containers and cardboard bio boxes, are delivered as they are needed.
An extended description of chemical waste handling procedures is online at:
The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:
EHS recycles rechargeable batteries through it hazardous waste vendor.
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:
Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):
University Surplus gathers all institution-generated e-waste and disburses it through allowed disposal channels (no landfill): Texas educational insitutions, Surplus auctions, and Texas Correctional Industries.
Prior to Surplus, we offer a hard drive destruction service for staff and faculty that includes extraction of recyclable materials. This service is available through Information Technology Services (ITS).
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
Facilities Services Surplus Properties Section collects all University-owned electronic waste to include computers and monitors. Every effort is made to handle these commodities in a safe manner as not to create any personal injury to the employees and to ensure the items are not sent to any unauthorized disposal facility or landfill. Once collected, these assets are transferred to the Texas Correctional Industries where they are reused and not sent to a landfill for disposal. These excess computers and associated equipment are also made available to Texas educational institutions such as Elementary Schools and High Schools.
The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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