Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.15
Liaison Jessica Bilecki
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of the Pacific
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mike Ubick
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

The University encourages purchasing only the chemical amounts needed, as well as making any unused chemicals available for appropriate use. The chemical inventory system assists in tracking chemical information and locations.


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

Satellite accumulation and waste storage areas are in use to segregate and manage waste streams for hazardous waste, bio-waste, universal wastes, and electronic wastes. Training is in place for proper disposal of waste streams. University works closely with a licensed waste management company to manage these wastes. This vendor is on site every other week and assists in preparing waste streams for transport and documenting all shipments via manifests and bills of lading. University tracks manifests until receipt is confirmed at final disposal/treatment facility.


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:

Chemical inventory system in place that allows the tracking of chemicals using barcodes. Unneeded yet usable items are removed and relocated to a common storage room and made available for use by other researchers.


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:

Electronics are transferred to the E-waste storage bin and/or stored for recycling. A licensed e-waste recylcing company makes onsite pickups of E-waste products 1 - 2 times per month. Bill of Lading receipts are retained for each shipment.


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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