The Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management’s waste management program initiatives are based on federal, state and local regulations to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community.
The waste management program involves numerous initiatives that include:
- Electronic waste disposal
- Universal waste disposal
- Transfer of hazardous waste to a bulk waste facility
- Oversight of hazardous waste disposal and generation
- Creation of reports required by local, state and federal entities
Proper handling, storage and disposal of waste materials protects the environment and the campus community as a whole.
To request additional information or training involving waste management or environmental safety, please contact the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 325-942-2180.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required by law to protect the water quality for natural waters throughout the country. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has developed and implemented a permit process with specific conditions designed to protect storm water quality from pollution entering municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in highly populated areas.
As one of several entities in the City of San Angelo, the university is required to develop a program to protect stormwater quality. In accordance with Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit No. TXR040000, the university has obtained a stormwater permit and developed a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP). Section 109.54 of The Texas Education Code establishes the legal authority for Angelo State University to control discharges to and from those portions of the MS4 over which it has jurisdiction.
The program is designed to:
- Effectively prohibit the discharge of non-storm water into the MS4 and
- Reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable.
The EHSRM office is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance and maintaining the program.
The Office of Facilities Planning and Construction is responsible for coordinating and enforcing requirements under TPDES General Permit No. TXR150000 for each construction activity that results in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre.
You are encouraged to view OP 34.28 Storm Water Compliance Program for additional information regarding Angelo State’s storm water program.
Public Education, Outreach and Involvement
Angelo State has developed and implemented a public education and outreach program to distribute information to the community about the impacts of stormwater discharges on water quality, the hazards associated with illegal discharges and the improper disposal of waste, and steps the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.
The university also facilitates opportunities for public participation in events and activities which promote water quality and conservation initiatives such as:
Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1969 when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Angelo State celebrates this national event by providing a public forum for reminding faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors of the importance of environmental stewardship. University initiatives and programs are featured during the event and employees and students are encouraged to partner with the university in its effort to improve environmental quality.
Texas Recycles Day
Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day. More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. One day to inform and educate.
The City of San Angelo implemented the annual Texas Recycles Day in November 2006 and Angleo State began participating in November 2012. The University provides a location for citizens of the city and surrounding communities to drop-off electronic recyclables. The two-day event is coordinated by EHSRM and ASU staff and student volunteers help palletize the recyclables and pass out brochures on environmental quality. See the Campus Recycling tab for more information regarding campus recycling.
Storm Drain Marking Program
As part of an initiative to improve storm water quality, the campus storm drain covers are painted blue. This is to serve as a reminder not to pour chemicals, paint, oil, or other contaminates into the storm drain and that trash and debris are carried by storm water runoff directly into the storm sewer system. The campus runoff flows to the City’s municipal separate storm sewer system, that eventually outfalls into the Concho River. Please review the Stormwater Matters article for additional information on reducing stormwater pollution.
Pet Waste Management Program
Angelo State University is a welcoming community receiving numerous visitors on a daily basis, many of which introduce pets to our campus. Pet Waste Stations have been installed at several locations on the campus mall to facilitate the proper disposal of pet waste and prevent storm water contamination.