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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Camosun College
OP-25: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00 Mike Nunn
Supervisor
Custodial Services
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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:

In order to reduce the use of hazardous, special, universal and non-regulated chemical waste Camosun tries to change building materials and use flooring materials that reduce the need and use of chemicals. For example, when possible, finish-free flooring is installed so that toxic stripping chemicals are not needed when re-finishing. Carpets made from recycled pop-bottles is another example. These carpets are made of such materials that it does not require the harsh cleaning chemicals that regular carpeting requires for cleaning and upkeep.


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

Camosun works with a hazardous waste removal company called North West Environmental. Caomosun stores hazardous materials and chemicals in a contained, secure site on campus and North West Environmental will be called when necessary to safely transport and dispose of the waste. All waste that is taken away is formally tracked and an invoice is sent to Camosun with the measures and weights of the waste.


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

none


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:
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Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all 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?:
No

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s):

There are several companies that take e-waste from Camosun. Electronics that are leased to the college and returned to the leasing company who deals with the e-waste themselves. Various other companies are called on occasion when there is additional e-waste to be picked up and recycled.


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

Our e-waste partners must adhere to provincial guidelines for e-waste recycling.


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