Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.40
Liaison Danielle Smith
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Mike Hardy
Sustainability Officer
Facilities Management
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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:

Each time a chemical is ordered, a qualified person shall first review an updated MSDS. The new user must then check available department inventory (and on campus if possible) to ensure that there is not currently a working stock to draw from. Following review of the MSDS, a monitoring and disposal plan must be considered prior to purchase. Any warnings associated with the item must be reviewed prior to use/storage and compared against previous findings.

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

When a chemical is slated for disposal, a Hazardous Waste Disposal Workorder Form must be submitted to the EHS office for review. A date will be set for disposal pick-up and, upon pick up, a record must be made in Chematix that the item has been disposed of or the record is deleted entirely depending on the lab.

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

None to Report

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

Upon receipt of a chemical, the item must be entered into the UNB inventory software, Chematix, as well as having the received date written on the label. A barcode shall be permanently affixed to the container and a location, owner, email and phone number must be assigned to the 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:

UNB now has three electronic waste recycling bins on the Fredericton campus to make it easy for you to dispose of unwanted personal electronic devices, such as cell phones, batteries, and empty printer cartridges.

When a computer gets replaced at the University of New Brunswick, it doesn’t get thrown in a landfill. One project coordinated by ITS, the Student Union, and Financial services is the Great Computer Giveaway. Laptops that are coming out of service, that were a part of the Student Technology Fee purchases from prior years, are refurbished and offered to students in financial need. The giveaway has provided over 400 computers to students at no cost to them since 2004.

Computers and flat panel monitors go to the Computers for Schools program, where systems are supplied to local schools, libraries and non-profits/charities.

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:

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