Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.04
Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Selkirk College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Laura Nessman
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus 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:

Few hazardous materials are brought on site for lab experiments, and an effort is being made to purchase more environmentally friendly cleaning products. For example, very few chlorinated cleaning products are purchased by the College.


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

Every summer, a company called SyberTech Waste Reduction Ltd removes the hazardous waste that has been collected and stored on campus.


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

No hazardous material release incidents have occurred.


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

Selkirk College faculty assistants for each school maintain an inventory of chemicals used within their respective areas. Instructors design experiments to use non-toxic reagents. Experiments are also designed to use small quantities of reagents. The result is that experiments generally do not generate toxic waste. In situations where toxic wastes are generated - for example, organic solvents - the wastes are stored in a special facility on campus. Periodically, a licensed agency is contracted to come to the college to safely dispose of the waste.


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?:
No

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:

Electronic waste is taken to local "return-it" collection sites that have been authorized by the Electronic Product Recycling Association of BC. There are sites located in both Nelson and Castlegar.


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