Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.94
Liaison Tanya Roberts
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Durham College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tanya Roberts
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

Semi annual pick up through registered hazardous waste disposal company, registration with HWIN – inventory review across campus as part of WHMIS 2015 compliance initiatives

Our auto-shop recycles all waste fluids which ensures oils, coolants, fuels, etc. are not put into the waste stream. Our contracted housekeeping company uses automated chemical dispensing units to reduce chemical usage and also attempts to use green chemicals where possible. Our Medical facilities utilize the Stericycle program for spent needles, etc.


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

Waste is collected, labelled and a licensed hazardous waste disposal company is called in – in accordance with regulations and registration with HWIN


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

no incidences have been reported over the past three years.


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

The college is currently developing a master chemical inventory list which will include information of use to first responders in the event of an emergency.


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 and end-of-life assets such as computers, monitors, cell phones, old electronics and media are collected and safely stored until ready for sustainable disposal through our e-waste program that was developed by the Sustainability Office, IT and Finance departments. We have also implemented a campus-wide battery recycling program, through Raw Materials Co.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
9.39 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

waste manifest documents are available for proof of Hazardous waste removal

Here is a summary of e-waste diversion for the period of November 2018-November 2019 through Greentec:

Material Type Description Weight
A Total Display Devices 3,546
B Total Desktops / Laptops 2,421
C Total Printers and Peripherals 5,787
Battery Total Battery 119
Non OES Total Non OES 5,881

Grand Total LBS. 17,754

attached is our most recent battery recycling report

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