Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 1.00 Erin Akins
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Advice and training programs offered by Safety Resources support the responsible management of hazardous materials on campus. Messaging and advice provided include:

• Maintaining up-to-date inventories of all hazardous materials in position;
• Purchasing only the quantities of materials required (no stockpiling based on price);
• Substituting less hazardous materials when practicable;
• Sharing chemicals between users;
• Adhering to prescribed practices for the disposal of hazardous materials;
• Minimizing waste generation through operational practices such as autoclaving in place of disposal, and placing waste in proper disposal streams.

Recycling for a number of materials including batteries, fluorescent bulbs and oils is provided through an external service provider.


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

Hazardous waste generated at the University of Saskatchewan through research, academics or other activities is collected, organized, and disposed of by Safety Resources through its Waste Management Facility in accordance with prescribed university standards and applicable regulations. Hazardous waste is ultimately disposed of by an external service provider. Hazardous waste collection and management services are provided for both regulated and non-regulated chemical waste. These services do not include general garbage collection services, which are provided by an external service provider.


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

There have been no reported significant hazardous material releases to the environment in the last three years.


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

The University of Saskatchewan maintains an institutional chemical inventory that provides improved tracking and management of chemicals and other hazards materials on campus. A central chemical repository is designed to facilitate the reuse or exchange of unused chemicals among users.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

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:

Electronic materials that are processed through the surplus assets program are diverted through reuse programs that could possibly extend their life cycle. Some equipment goes to auction and any materials not reused are diverted to the SWEEP (Saskatchewan Waste Electronic Equipment Program) program which is overseen by the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centers (SARC).This program operates in accordance with the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP).

Electronics recycling bins are available across campus in public spaces to collect electronics from staff and students for recycling. A bin is also located in the electronics portion of the campus Bookstore to support responsible recycling of electronics at end of life.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
No

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:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This program operates in accordance with the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP.

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