Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Concordia University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pietro Gasparrini
Environmental Health and Safety
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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?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Policies are in place in labs to reduce usage of hazardous waste whenever possible. Concordia's chemical inventory also minimizes the need for labs to overuse or order hazardous chemicals.

More information: http://www.concordia.ca/campus-life/safety/lab-safety.html

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

See the webpage of the Environmental Health & Safety Department on Hazardous Waste Disposal Procedures:

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

In November 2013, a defective pumping detector lead to overflow a fuel tank and to an estimated 300 litres of diesel spill.

The diesel spread in the generator building and leached into the surrounding soil. The spilled diesel was pumped out and digging was done to remove the contaminated soil. Sample analysis were conducted for removal of potentially contaminated soil underneath the building and plan has been set up for additional redesign of the Building.

The environmental and social impact of the diesel spill was low since the affected area did not contain living quarters and no underground water source.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution?:

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

See the E-waste webpage of Environmental Health & Safety:

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

Concordia has a contract for electronic waste recycling with a company that provides certification that the materials are in fact sent for recycling after sorting. A bill is provided with the quantity of each type of material (for example, CRT monitors, keyboards, desktop computers, etc.) so that Concordia can track specifically how much of each item is recycled. The university's offices are provided with informational posters that describe what items are accepted for electronic recycling.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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