Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.22
Liaison Sarah Rykal
Submission Date July 25, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Wisconsin-Stout
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Leann Fay
STARS Graduate Assistant
Sustainability Office
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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:

The university has different departments (like Chemistry and Physical Plant) that utilize reduction measures. Chemistry has switched to smaller scale experiments in many lab classes to reduce the number of chemicals, and thus hazardous waste in labs. Physical Plant has changed out many toxic custodial cleaners with non-toxic or lower-toxicity ones, to reduce hazardous wastes. Many departments recycle other commodities like batteries, toner cartridges, etc. Stout Surplus disposes of all computer/electronic e-waste through a carefully selected vendor who recycles some of the components, and safely disposes of other components per solid waste regulations.

Regarding coal ash, specific state guidelines are followed. A construction company called Pember in town hauls the coal ash, and they reuse the coal ash according to regulation.

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

Most hazardous waste is disposed of by licensed contractors under state contract. The current contractor for this is Veolia.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

Information from the Executive Director of Health and Safety and also from the Stout Heating Plant

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