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40.23 - Municipal Solid Waste Disposal


  • Position: Director, Facilities
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Last updated: July 01, 2020

Preamble: Municipal solid waste disposal is heavily regulated by federal, state, and local agencies. Regulations change frequently requiring ongoing compliance. Waste receptacles are placed on campus and managed by University of Idaho Facilities for university-produced municipal solid waste. (add. 7-20)

A. Definitions

A-1. Municipal Solid Waste. Any solid waste produced by normal daily university activities, including residence halls but excluding extraordinary/unacceptable, hazardous or infectious waste. (ed. 9-07, rev. 7-18, 7-20)

A-2. Extraordinary/Unacceptable Waste. Construction and remodeling waste and debris; furniture; metals; electronic waste; batteries; free liquids; sharps; concert and large events debris; and any waste produced outside of normal university business operations or residence hall activities. (add. 7-20)

A-3. Hazardous Waste. Materials that are ignitable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic. See APM 35.40. (ed. 3-09, rev. 7-20)

A-4. Infectious Waste. Waste that is capable of causing infectious disease; items contaminated with blood, saliva, or other body substances; or those items actually or potentially infected with pathogenic material. See APM 35.11. (rev. 7-20)

A-5. Sharps. Any item having corners, edges, or projections capable of cutting or piercing the skin. (Usually related to bio-hazardous materials but not necessarily.) (add. 7-20)

A-6. Electronic Waste (E-waste). Any unit that has a plug, battery, or microchip, including but not limited to televisions, computer screens, printers, printed circuit boards and power supplies. (add. 7-20)

A-7. Solid Waste Receptacles. All containers (including tow units, toters, dumpsters, rolloffs, trash cans) placed on campus by the university or the local municipal waste authority for deposit of university-produced municipal solid waste. (add. 7-20)

B. Policy. Use of university waste receptacles for disposal of any refuse other than municipal solid waste is prohibited. Use of these receptacles without authorization or written permission is considered theft and is in violation of state laws. U of I Residents are authorized users, and as such, are excluded from this provision. Arrangements for disposal of waste other than municipal solid waste must be made prior to an event, situation, or project that will generate such waste. (rev. 7-20)

C. Scope. This policy applies to all use of university solid waste receptacles. (add. 7-20)

D. Contact Information. U of I Facilities is responsible for university waste management, except hazardous, chemical, radioactive, and biological/infectious waste.  Information about waste management services and any potential costs is located on the Facilities website.

Information on the disposal of hazardous materials can be found on the U of I Public Safety and Security website.

Information on the disposal of biological or infectious materials can be found on the U of I Office of Research Assurances website. (add. 7-20)

E. References.  (add. 7-20)

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