Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.15
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date April 8, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Colorado University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ashley Woolman
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-waste recycling stations are in the University Center and the Whipp building. We partner with CORRecyling to recycle all-waste. The IT department stores all of their e-waste and partners with CORRecyling as well.

Facilities handles all other campus technological waste, including batteries.

Academic 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 CORRecyling for e-waste and light bulbs.


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:

None


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:

We partner with a company called CORRecyling. They are an environmentally responsible recycler based out of Grand Junction, CO. They come up to campus multiple times each year to collect our e-waste. They only work with R2 or e-Steward certified vendors.


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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