Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 84.99
Liaison Pierre Lemay
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2019
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Universite Laval
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pierre Lemay
Development Advisor
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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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:

There are on-going and special programs to reduce the amount of hazardous materials on campus. Each spring, an “Operation Cleaning” is organize to clean out all kind of wastes (hazardous, special, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste) across campus (http://www.si.ulaval.ca/services/operation-grand-menage/). In addition, some departments organize annually cleanup of unused hazardous chemicals or materials. Furthermore, weekly collections of chemicals are made on request.

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

A chemical waste collection system has been in place on the Université Laval campus since 1984. This streamlined system serves all university units that generate chemical waste (laboratories, mechanical workshops, etc.). Units submit an online request, and waste (regulated and non-regulated chemicals, used batteries, mercury lamps, etc.) is then collected, sorted, stored in up-to-standard facilities, packaged, and shipped to specialize outside companies with the required authorizations and permits.

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

NNo significant hazardous material release incident reported during the previous three years (2016-05-01 to 2019-04-30).

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

Some departments use spread sheets or apps to manage their chemicals inventory. Doing so, they are able to share chemicals between laboratories.

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:

Computer and electronic equipment is reused on campus or collected for reuse by a social reintegration organization. Equipment that cannot be reused is collected for recycling.

The procedure is described here: http://www.si.ulaval.ca/services/procedure-disposer-dun-bien-excedentaire/

Members of the university community can drop off their unused computer and electronic equipment free of charge on campus at Coopérative Zone (www.zone.coop). The university then sends the equipment to Atelier Signes d’espoir, the campus’s official e-waste recovery organization. http://www.signesdespoir.org/. They can also return their electronic waste in one of the five electrobac (http://www.electrobac.com/en/) on campus.

URL: https://www.ulaval.ca/developpement-durable/axes-dintervention/infrastructures-durables/matieres-residuelles.html

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:

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

Both Université Laval’s electronic waste recyclers (Atelier Signes d’espoir and Electrobac) are certified by the Recycler Qualification Office (http://rqp.ca/)

The Recycler Qualification Office (RQO) was established by the industry-led end-of-life electronics stewardship programs to ensure that environmentally sound electronics reuse and recycling standards are established, met, maintained and continually improved upon.

The RQO operates under Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), a national, non-profit entity, created by Canada’s electronics industry in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s industry-led and regulated electronics stewardship programs.

The RQO manages all recycler assessments and approvals on behalf of the provincial stewardship programs, to ensure assessments are undertaken in a timely manner, and results are objective, thorough, and sufficiently detailed to provide confidence in the results of the assessment.

The RQO employs a team of trained and qualified assessors in certified environmental management system lead auditing and in the elements of the Recycler Qualification Program.

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