Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Don Forster
Submission Date March 30, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Seneca College
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Paula Echeveste
Sustainability Supervisor
Facilities
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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:

Wherever possible, non-hazardous alternatives are purchased to replace hazardous chemicals. Seneca also uses biodegradable, environmentally friendly and mostly scent-free cleaning products.


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

Seneca College works with certified recyclers to safely dispose of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical wastes; any waste that is able to be recycled is processed at the nearest available facility.


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

No significant hazardous material release.


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

1 - chlorinated / non solvents/ paints/ oils/ glycols - process is recycled (primarily through fuel blending)
2 - all corrosive materials - treatment/ neutralization
3 - mercury - recycled (shipped out of country)
4 - all other non regulated material (L waste) - blended/ solidified/ landfill
5 - All containers that waste is removed from is recycled as well.


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:

Seneca has a contract for electronic waste recycling with a company that provides certification that the materials are in fact sent for recycling after sorting. A bill is provided with the quantity of each type of material (for example, CRT monitors, keyboards, desktop computers, shredding, etc.) so that Seneca can track specifically how much of each item is recycled. The college is provided with informational posters that describe what items are accepted for electronic recycling. Dedicated e-waste collection bins are strategically located at each campus for all of the college community to utilize.


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:
14.92 Tonnes

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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Electronic waste diversion rates are provided by the recycling contractor for the 2017-2018 performance period. The contractor sends an annual summary report and recycling certificate with the total weight of electronic waste recycled throughout the year.

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