Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.70
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019

STARS v2.2

Utah State University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gary Larsen
Hazardous Waste Manager
Office of Research
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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:

1. Chemicals and other materials are only purchased in usable portions.
2. If a chemical or material is no longer being used for its original purpose, efforts are made to reach out to others who may need or use it.
3. Universal waste is being reduced by changing over to LED lighting.


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

The Environmental Health and Safety Office at Utah State University generates, stores, transports and disposes of all regulated waste in strict accordance with chapter 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations. All hazardous, universal and non-regulated chemical waste is disposed of through a licensed and state approved hazardous waste disposal contractor.


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

-December 24th, 2017 about 100 gallons of diesel fuel was released at the central energy plant. All diesel was captured in secondary containment and nothing was released to the environment. EH&S responded and pumped the diesel out of the spill containment and cleaned the containment area. All of the diesel and clean up material was disposed of through a licensed and state approved hazardous waste disposal company.


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

No official system is currently in use.


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:

Electronic waste if in working condition is transferred to others who may need it or it is sold at USU Surplus. All electronic waste that is not in working condition is sent to an electronic waste recycler.


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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