Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessica Muraca
Project Analyst
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?:

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

Environmental Health and Safety has a hazardous waste program tailored to educating waste generators on the importance of compliant hazardous waste management. Additional reduction programs include an Asbestos Management Plan, Chematix, Fire Prevention, and Respiratory Protection.

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

Hazardous waste, universal, and non regulated chemical waste is segregated from all other waste. It is classified appropriately as per the TDG requirements. Waste generator has a responsibility to contact Enivronmental Health & Safety department to remove waste from site. Waste is disposed by Sumas Environmental Services.

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

Mount Royal does not have any hazardous material release incidents to report.

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

Currently, we are using CisPro as inventory system in Faculty of Science and Tech. Users input the chemicals that arrive and can track locations of the chemicals if they require to use them. The chemicals are typically claimed by the departments in the Faculty, whereby users from different departments ask to borrow/use the chemicals that they need from the inventory.

New software is currently being investigated for implementation in 2018.

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish 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), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Mount Royal recycles electronic waste through the following 3 programs:

Program accepted waste: Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, select inkjet cartridges, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, and iPads.

Receptacles are placed in high traffic areas for all staff, students, and faculty to recycle their e-waste. Terracycle is an R2 Steward, and works to reuse, repurpose, and recycle collected e-waste. They recycle the vast majority of the waste collected, and turn it into plastic pellets that can be molded into a variety of new products, like benches, picnic tables, and playgrounds.

Call-2-Recycle Batteries
Program accepted waste: All rechargeable batteries weighing up to 5 kg each, including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb). Alkaline, lithium primary and carbon-zinc batteries are also accepted.

All our collected batteries are sent to sorters and processors in the U.S. and Canada. These companies sort the batteries by chemistry, and then melt them down into by-products that are used to make new products such as batteries, stainless steel alloy and cement additives. Cellphones are refurbished and resold when possible, or recycled, with the proceeds being used to fund the program.

Mount Royal Shipping and Receiving sends e-waste generated by the University to a company called CSI EPC (formerly Top Flight Asset Services).
Program accepted waste: Desktops, towers, servers, laptops, notebooks, fax machines, scanners, copy machines, monitors, cell phones, land phones, switch boxes, office phone equipment, answering machines, car & wall chargers, bar code scanners, payment terminals, check readers, cash registers, printers, projects, dvd and cd players, microphones, smart boards, televisions, stereos, cds, dvds, micofiche, backup tapes, vhs tapes, hard drives, speakers, mouse, keyboard, docking stations, hard drives, power cables, batteries.

After a full audit and data wiping procedure of IT assets – for which customers receive a comprehensive asset-by-asset report – CSI EPC will then look to remarket the majority of equipment ensuring re-use, which is now considered to be the most environmentally-friendly form of recycling. Any equipment not fit for re-use is disposed of in compliance with applicable government standards.

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

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:
8.40 Tons

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

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