Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.90
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pegah Djamzad
Sustainability Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Hazardous waste management is regulated federally through Environment Canada, provincially through the Ministry of the Environment, and locally through the GVRD Sewer-Use Bylaw. SFU's policy is to comply with all legislation to protect the environment.

Basic information and tips on how to reduce chemical waste are provided in lab safety training sessions, and provided in online chemical waste resources.

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

Chemical waste is picked up by an external hazardous waste contractor. Pickup requests are submitted by users using an internal electronic system, and those requests are collated and given to the waste contractors. Information and guidance documentation on what chemical waste must be picked up is provided on the EHS website, and provided in lab safety training sessions. When there is doubt about how a particular stream of waste should be disposed, the message given to users is to submit a request to have it picked up by the hazardous waste contractors.

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

SFU has not had any significant/reportable hazardous material release incidents in the past three years.

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

The internal chemical inventory system allows for users to search for a certain chemical and see if any other lab at SFU has it. There is basic contact information provided so the user can inquire with that lab directly if they can borrow a small quantity, rather than order their own bottle.

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:

All electronics such as computers, printers, TV's, Batteries, CDs, toner cartridges, and small electronics (e.g. cell phones) etc. can be recycled in Central Stores at Facilities Services. https://www.sfu.ca/fs/services/burnaby-services-catalogue/recycling-services.html

In addition to the recycling program offered by Facilities Services, SFU students can also recycling their electronics through SFU's Residence and Housing.
For more information visit:

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:
29.65 Tons

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

For more information on SFU's hazardous waste management please visit:

Responsible party for part 1:
Mike Neudorf, mneudorf@sfu.ca

Responsible party for part 2:
Rachel Telling, rtelling@sfu.ca

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