Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Western Colorado University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Nathan King
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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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:

There are 2 certified asbestos removal experts on campus and we have a written plan re: where and how to remove asbestos.

E-recycling stations are placed in residence halls and transferred to Facilities Services by students.

IT handles their E-waste through MetTec.

Facilities handles all other campus technological waste, including batteries.

Labs have hazardous waste pick up.


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

We have a pickup program through Waste Management to dispose of certain hazardous and chemical wastes. We also use environmentally responsible recycling companies like Metech for certain materials.


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

None in the last 3 years.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
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Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):

We have a Metech recycling program to handle all of our e-waste responsibly.


A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

Metech is certified under the e-Stewards and R2 standards.


The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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