Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.78
Liaison Luc Surprenant
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Université de Montréal
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Bertrand Bossé
ASdministrative Director
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainable recycling and relocation of scientific material

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In 2019-2020, the department of physic, chemistry, biology, and geography of the Université de Montréal will transfer to the new research and educational center, the Sciences complex of the new MIL Campus. This move has begun in the spring of 2019 and, obviously, has created a lot of waste. Principally old scientific equipment which are obsolete, no more useful or simply unwanted in the new building.

The institution took forward the initiative to sustainably recycle all these artefacts and prevent them to be misthrown away in landfill risking, for instance, soil contamination. Indeed, many of these materials containing gold, copper, aluminium, palladium, iron and brominated flame retardant have a strong contamination potential.
Moreover, all these components can be reused in a green way to build new items and hence a sustainable circular economy of scientific equipment waste.

Scientific equipment waste management has been divided into 2 sub-divided categories:

- Useful equipment includes all equipment that is still useful for research and educational purpose and needs to be valorised. This category includes equipment that will be transferred for further activities, equipment considered too old and unneeded anymore but still have value for their pieces and thus need to be recycled and equipment that will be kept as important museum artefacts.

- Unuseful equipment is those damaged or in need of an important reparation but is already excluded by laboratories activities. These kinds of equipment will then be recycled by specialised recycling authorities (ARPE QC, Frigo responsable).

Since this year, a volume waste of about 11 truck-load has been already recycled of which only 3% has been thrown into landfills, wich represent a 97% performance rate for the relocation so far.

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