Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.15
Liaison Elenore Breslow
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Brock University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elenore Breslow
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management and Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
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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:

Brock has a Hazardous Waste Management System (HWMS), which is a joint initiative between Brock University’s Health, Safety & Wellness department and Science Stores. The HWMS provides instructions through Brock’s Chemical Hazardous Waste Generation, Collection and Disposal Procedures for researchers to collect excess solvent cans/unused clean metal containers from labs, which are then recycled. Researchers are provided labels to ensure that metal containers are safely disposed.


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

Brock's Hazardous Waste Management System (HWMS) consists of the proper separation, identification, and packaging of waste at the lab level; transport, facilitated by trained technicians and detailed record-keeping to meet regulatory guidelines.

Science Stores staff coordinate the chemical hazardous waste collection. An external contractor licensed to haul and dispose of hazardous waste, collects said waste from the labs in the company of Brock staff. Lab users that cause the generation of hazardous waste shall follow outlined procedures from Brock’s Chemical Hazardous Waste Generation, Collection and Disposal Procedures in alignment with the safety and environmental protection legislation that apply (Environmental Protection Act, O. Reg 437: General- Waste Management). In following these procedures, the handling and disposal of hazardous waste can be made safely.

Brock works with RPF Environmental to remove fluorescent light bulb waste on a biweekly basis. Used light bulbs can be dropped off at one of three locations on campus.


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

No significant hazardous material release incidents have occurred at Brock University during the past three 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 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:

E-waste Collection Program - E-waste on campus is collected and either redeployed, sold, or recycled, ultimately keeping electronics from landfill. In the 2017/2018 fiscal year 14,000 lbs. of electronics were recycled. Collection bins are also provided to residences on move-out day, and in 2013, they collected 2,700 lbs. of electronics, keeping TV’s, monitors, printers, and other small appliances from landfill.

Battery Disposal Program - Brock provides over 15 drop-off centres for batteries to prevent toxic waste from ending up in landfills. Pails can be ordered for departments and picked up when full. This service makes it convenient for the Brock community to recycle batteries. Overall, 90% of the battery is reclaimed, reducing waste, with 4800 lbs. of used batteries being recycled in 2017.


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:
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