Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.70
Liaison Whitney Crooks
Submission Date April 27, 2012
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Red River College Polytechnic
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sara MacArthur
Sustainability Manager
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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:

In most departments, an annual chemical inventory is held, where legacy chemicals are carefully evaluated and are discarded if no longer needed.
The Autobody department has a solvent recycler to remove and re-use solvents from the waste stream. The resultant waste stream is a much smaller volume and contains less toxic materials.
The Painting and Decorating department re-uses many solvents. Compared to the activity of the department, a minimal volume of solvent is produced and disposed as hazardous waste.

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

Purchases of controlled products have been assigned their own accounting object code. Purchases made under this budget code require approval of Environmental Health and Safety Services.
All waste is handled with licensed hazardous waste disposal companies, this includes listed hazardous waste, Universal waste, special wastes, controlled substances, biological waste and select agents.
The College has a Department of Conservation issued hazardous waste generator number. Environmental Health and Safety office picks up any hazardous materials on campus. Hazardous wastes, universal waste, and non-regulated chemical waste disposal is contracted or bid out, depending on the type of waste.

College wide bin system for battery collection has been implemented to improve collection rates and ensure that batteries are diverted from the landfill. Waste rechargeable batteries are recycled via RBRC. Non rechargeable batteries are being collected and will be recycled via a new pick-up program.

Fluorescent bulbs from College owned campuses are recycled.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:

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