Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

MacEwan University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chantal Beaudoin
Head of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:
MacEwan University promotes the use of rechargeable batteries to reduce the use and disposal of single-use alkaline batteries and purchases high-efficiency light bulbs to reduce the need to replace and dispose.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
Maintenance staff are responsible for changing and disposing of light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. These are stored in containers provided by the recycling contractor contactor for safe storage until collection. Bulbs and tubes are boxed up and counted before collection can happen. Special containers are available in each lab for safe disposal of biological waste. Biological waste and chemical waste are handled and disposed of by lab technicians who contact contractor for collection. Each department is responsible for collecting and storing small quantities of used batteries. Once the bin is full, the department contacts Facilities to collect the batteries. They are taken to Shipping and Receiving where the contractor collects them for safe disposal. Sharps and clinical waste are handled and disposed of by departmental program labs, who coordinate collection with contractor when appropriate.

A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
No incidents have been reported.

A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
Not applicable

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):
Staff and faculty can contact Facilities for disposal and recycling of any equipment that is battery operated or powered with a cord (electronic waste). Facilities brings electronic waste and their peripherals to Shipping and Receiving for storage until they are ready for collection by contractor. For students and the Edmonton community, MacEwan University hosts annual e-waste drives across all campuses. During this period, people are invited to drop off their unwanted or broken electronics for recycling and disposal.

A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
Our contractor is certified ISO 9001, 14001, and 18001 as well as part of the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) and is a certified Electronics Recycler (R2RIOS). This ensures that our recycling contractor adheres to globally recognized quality, safety, and environmental management systems.

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

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