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

STARS v2.2

Université de Montréal
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Etienne Dube
Section Chief, Wokplace Health and Safety
Prevention and Safety Directorate
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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:

Based on its chemical safety training sessions and inspection programs, Université de Montréal encourages its staff members:

- to maintain an up-to-date inventory information system;
- to make the best purchasing decisions;
- to minimize hazardous waste.

Through its MON ÉCOLABO program (My EcoLab), the Université de Montréal has developed an online database to facilitate the redistribution of unwanted chemicals to University faculty and staff who can use them. Lab personnel may search for the chemicals they need and obtain them for free.

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

Université de Montréal manages the collecting and disposal of hazardous waste materials generated through its research and academic laboratories and operational activities.

The hazardous waste stream is sorted, consolidated and stored in secured facilities on campus. In compliance with relevant regulations the dangerous residues are then shipped to authorized environmental companies.

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

The OHS department is the main authority in case of hazardous material spills by providing technical assistance and guidance to University employees.

The OHS personnel provides a response team to clean up spills in situations that involve injury, pose a fire hazard, or for which University employees do not have proper training and/or protective equipment.

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

Université de Montréal maintains an updated chemical inventory database to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements (governmental agencies, fire department or insurance companies) and also encourages personnel sharing between laboratories, thereby reducing costs. Laboratory personnel can contact the OHS department by phone, email, or website, to check the availability of any chemical on campus.

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:

DGTIC is committed to minimizing electronic waste. It created a refurbishment program for computers. Material that can neither be reused nor refurbished is sent to a certified external recycling facility in compliance with the Recycler Qualification Office (the province of Quebec has regulations on extended producer responsibility).

The Sustainability Office has implemented and maintains a contract with an external company (Electrobac) that collects electronic waste generetad by students. The company has installed 8 recycling bins on the main campus in Montreal and one at both the Saint-Hyacinthe and Laval satellite campuses.

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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