Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jerry Aguinaga
Director
Environment, Health and Safety Office
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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:

Laboratory personnel are strongly encouraged to actively explore and incorporate waste minimization strategies as part of their research and teaching operations. Waste minimization strategies include limited quantities purchased, substitution with less hazardous materials, reducing scale of experiments, and actively managing their chemical inventories.

The Chemical Storage Facility is a central storage and distribution area for chemicals on campus. They refill small chemical bottles (e.g. bases) from bulk orders, minimizing packaging/bottle waste. Graduate students in the Department of Chemistry have started a Green Chemistry initiative. One of the objectives of this group is to minimize solvent use, and they plan on working with labs to modify introductory year experiments so that they use less chemicals.

Dalhousie has a laboratory chemical safety manual and course that contains strategies on how to safely dispose of all hazardous materials, special, and non-regulated chemical waste. https://www.dal.ca/dept/safety/programs-services/chemical-safety.html

Lab reduction and recycling posters bin signage and protocol have been developed to support lab waste initiatives. https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/resources/Reports_and_Policies.html


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

Once a month, routine hazardous waste is collected from laboratories. Collections of special items – legacy wastes – occur based on need and review of contents. The material is taken to the Chemical Storage Facility where items are sorted and either bulked, lab packed, recycled, or rendered non-hazardous for disposal. The liquid wastes are generally "bulked" into approved containers with other compatible materials and shipped for disposal and/or recycling to an approved waste facility by a licensed hazardous waste disposal firm. Materials that cannot be "bulked" are packed in approved containers with an itemized list and other paper work as required by federal and provincial acts and regulations.

The university uses a contracted hazardous waste disposal firm to safely dispose of chemical wastes. Safe disposal is one of the evaluation criteria for contractor selection. The vendor, RPR Environmental, offers treatment, recycling and disposal options for hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Their mandate is to always employ disposal methods that support strong environmental stewardship. https://www.dal.ca/dept/safety/programs-services/environmental-protection.html


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.


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

The university is currently using an electronic health and safety management system, EHS Assistant. It allows for active management of chemical inventories. One of the features of the inventory system is the ability to share inventory with other department laboratory personnel. By using this module, researchers can borrow specific chemicals from researchers who have them in their inventory, rather than purchasing new stock.


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:

Dalhousie University provides an electronics recycling program to all faculty and staff. Starting back in October 2008, electronic products have been collected, wiped of data, and transported to an approved provincial recycling depot. Materials from the depot are transferred to a plant where metals, glass, and plastic are recycled into new products. This program is for electronic products that have exhausted their re-use potential. The annual move-out sale, the Halifax Dump and Run, receives a number of electronic devices from students leaving residence. These items are mostly printers, and they are resold to the community to raise funds for charity. The sale also receives electronic donations from the community. Any broken electronics are recycled via the program described above.

https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/campus-initiatives/waste/UniversalWaste.html


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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