Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability 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:

Mohawk makes an effort not to produce any additional hazardous waste other than that which is required for the operations of the school.


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

Mohawk College utilizes a vendor (Phototech) that specializes in hazardous waste removal and disposal. Departments utilizing these materials are aware of contacting the OHS office for pick up and removal of hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste is regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Energy and Environment’s Regulation 347 “General – Waste Management”. This regulation requires all sites that generate hazardous waste to be registered with the Ministry of Energy and Environment (MOEE) and each waste stream generated must also be registered. This is to ensure
hazardous waste is disposed in an environmentally responsible manner. Mohawk College campuses and waste streams are registered with the MOEE and the Hazardous Waste Information Network (HWIN) and reviewed annually.

Each department that generates hazardous waste is responsible for the safe and proper disposal of that waste. The Occupational Health & Safety Department coordinates regular hazardous waste disposals and can be contacted for additional advice.


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

Mohawk has not had any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years.


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

Since only a few chemical labs are present on campus in a centralized location all chemicals are easily inventoried and reused within these laboratories.


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:

At Mohawk College we recycle all eletronic waste from our operations (IT department, offices across the college) and accept student and employee's personal e-waste. All e-waste is stored in a closed door cabinet that is fire proof and collected monthly by Revolution Recycling. Revolution is 3rd party audited annually and accredited to the R2:2013 Standard. Shift Recycling is accredited to the R2:2013 at the Destruction Centre. All material from our Collection Facilities flow to either our Head Office or Destruction Centres.


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:
5.94 Tons

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