Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.22
Liaison Mei May
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at San Antonio
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Rich Garza
Environmental & Construction Safety Manager
Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management
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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:

UTSA's Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management has the responsibility of maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for faculty, staff, and students, to advocate work practices that achieve excellence in environmental stewardship, and comply with any and all rules and regulations pertaining to occupational health and safety and the environment. This mission is achieved through the development and implementation of environmental health and safety policies and programs throughout the university community.

Several plans are in place in the area of hazardous and chemical waste reduction including:
1. Source Reduction /Waste Minimization Plan allow UTSA to identify chemicals which can be reused among other researchers or departments. As large quantity generators, we are required to report to our state regulators plans in-place to reduce hazardous waste.
2. All Universal waste such as fluorescent lights, batteries, paints, and electronics are segregated and reused or recycled.
3.. Non-regulated waste are screened for possible reuse such as furniture, paint , paper, cardboard, and plastic.


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

UTSA procedures for managing hazardous, biological, chemical universal and non-regulated waste are detailed in written management plans located in our website. http://www.utsa.edu/safety/

1. All our biological waste is disposed of through a 3rd party contractor: Stericycle.
2. All our hazardous chemical waste is disposed of through a 3rd party contractor: Veolia ES Technical Solutions LLC
3. Our Universal Waste is disposed of through a 3rd party contractor: Lighting Resource
4. Our non-regulated chemical waste is disposed of through a 3rd party contractor: Veolia ES Technical Solutions LLC

1. Biological Waste Management Plan:
http://www.utsa.edu/safety/#/safetymanuals
2. Chemical Waste management Plan: http://www.utsa.edu/safety/#/safetymanuals
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A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

UTSA has not had any significant hazardous material release incidents of reportable quantity to EPA or Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the past 3 years. UTSA has an emergency response team capable of responding to minor environmental releases. Should an emergency spill occur beyond our control, a UT System Contract exist for a 3rd party to respond.


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

As a large quantity generator of hazardous waste, UTSA is required to have a Source Reduction/Waste Minimization Plan in place. UTSA identifies to the State what chemicals are recycled/reused on an annual basis. A Chemical Swap program is also available to approved users of hazardous chemicals. List of available chemicals for redistribution is available in our web site.


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?:
Yes

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:

Surplus gathers all institutional generated materials such as furniture or equipment and transfers to Texas school districts or charity organizations. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is forward all electronic under the Computer Recovery Program. No e-waste is ever disposed of in landfills.


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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