|Overall Rating||Reporter - expired|
|Submission Date||Nov. 26, 2015|
University of Regina
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management
Health, Safety & Environment
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:
The University of Regina has an inventory database that allows us to track hazardous chemicals from the point of entry to final use or disposal. This inventory allows researchers to see what chemicals are in the institution and "borrow" small quantities if needed thereby reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals purchased. The U of R also hosts "Waste Wednesdays" where researchers and students can bring hazardous waste to a central site for packing and disposal. This reduces the work required on behalf of faculty and staff making the process of waste disposal easier and our process more effective.
A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:
All regulated waste is disposed of via a chemical disposal company. The company will attempt to recycle chemical waste by reclamation techniques specific to the type of chemical. Waste that is sent for incineration is sent only to waste incineration companies that meet Environment Canada air emission regulations. Non-regulated chemical wastes as disposed of according to municiple, provincial or federal requirements.
A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:
A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
As mentioned above, the U of R uses the Vertere chemical inventory database. This tool uses a bar coding system to track chemicals within the U of R. The inventory is available to all faculty and staff allowing the real time view of chemicals currently on campus. This system is used by many faculty to identify and borrow small quantities of chemicals rather than order their own supply.
Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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):
All computers, printers and scanners are either re-purposed within the U of R or sent to a vendor who harvests and recycles all recyclable materials. Other electronic scientific equipment is treated in much the same way.
A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:
Vendors who recycle e-waste must go through a rigorous tender process. This process allows for the review of their recycling practices in advance of awarding a contract.
The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:
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