Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.99
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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Wilfrid Laurier University
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Donna Kubica
Manager, Safety & Risk Control
Safety, Health, Environment & Risk 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:

In keeping with environmental responsibility, Laurier recognizes the importance of minimizing waste generation. The following principles are encouraged in labs, are included on the website, and have a section of the Lab Safety Manual dedicated to them:
-Buy only what you need.
-Miniaturize experiments.
-Choose non-hazardous substances over hazardous substances (e.g. use digital or ethanol-based thermometers over mercury-based thermometers).
-Return unused material to the supplier if possible (e.g. gas cylinders).
-Redistribute usable materials.
-Recycle/recover materials when this can be accomplished efficiently, effectively and

SHERM (Safety, Health, Environment & Risk management) provides WHMIS and laboratory safety training for hazardous materials to all staff members which emphasizes these guidelines.

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

Hazardous waste is disposed of according to Ministry of Environment laws and regulations. Laurier uses a ministry approved contractor to handle and dispose of the waste in a way that meets all of the Ministry of Environment requirements. SHERM (Safety, Health, Environment & Risk management) is responsible for ensuring that Laurier is in compliance with the disposal requirements.

Hazardous waste is collected from various areas on campus. They include labs, boiler rooms, and storage rooms. All hazardous waste is brought to the lock up in the Science Research Building. RPR Environmental from Stoney Creek picks up the waste each month from the lock up.

Brantford Campus:
Hazardous waste is collected from various areas on campus and brought to the Carnegie Building storage closet. RPR Environmental from Stoney Creek picks up the waste upon request.

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 incidents recorded.

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

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):

Laurier's e-waste is disposed of through Greentec, who has a 100% waste diversion rate and zero landfill policies are in place. Individual faculty and staff are responsible for contacting Physical Resources to recycle electronic waste. When requested, Physical Resources picks up institution generated electronic waste and stores it in a central collection facility. Once a substantial amount of electronic waste has been collected, Physical Resources takes the material to the nearby Recycling Depot. For larger collections of electronic waste, Greentec drops off metal cages for Physical Resources staff to sort the e-waste in and when complete, Greentec returns to retrieve the cages.

A brief description of steps taken to ensure that e-waste is recycled responsibly, workers’ basic safety is protected, and environmental standards are met:

Once evaluated at the processing facility, the items are:
1. Inspected and Weighed – At the consolidation facility, the items are inspected and weighed.
2. Safely Dismantled and Separated – Greentec associates carefully dismantle the items and separate them into individual components by commodity, such as metal, glass and plastics. It is this process in which Greentec excels: proper dismantling is critical to ensure potentially harmful components such as batteries, mercury, lead, inks and toners are safely separated and kept out of landfill. Greentec is an ISO 14001 registered; Ministry of the Environment approved processors based in Cambridge, Ontario
and operates under safe and controlled working conditions governed by strict OES standards.
3. Shredded and Smelted – Once the components are safely dismantled and separated, valuable commodities such as steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic are shredded, smelted or processed as raw materials for future production. Clean recycled materials are reutilized world wide in the production of new goods. Any materials that could be considered hazardous stay in OECD countries for responsible handling and appropriate disposal - never being shipped to developing counties.

Greentec values ecological sustainability first and foremost and strives to provide the most environmentally responsible electronics recycling solutions available. Greentec has invested considerable resources into perfecting its processes and improving its technologies, becoming an industry leading recovery and recycling solutions provider. Greentec is committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance, and ensure a zero landfill policy.

The website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous and electronic-waste recycling programs is available:

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