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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 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Matthieu Décoste
Chef de secteur entretien et stationnement (Maintenance and Parking sector manager)
Service des immeubles (Building Management)
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Polytechnique has a policy regarding hazardous and chemical waste management, available at: http://www.polymtl.ca/sg/docs_officiels/1310env2.htm

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

The internal procedure to recover hazardous waste is the following:
1- Gather products by type of risk (WHMIS classifications).
2. Pack the product in boxes, make sure that the boxes can be closed.
3. List the products per box. Use the document "List of hazardous waste" available on the site: http://www.polymtl.ca/sst/Services/Matieresdangereuses.php
4. Fill a work request and forward it to the maintenance service, accompanied by the list prepared in 3.
5. After verification, maintenance workers go directly to the local to collect material.

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

Nothing significant happened 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:


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:

Bins are disposed in the school to collect all sorts of electronic waste (computers, screens, cellphones etc...). For the small electronics waste (batteries, cellphones etc...), the bins are from Electrobac which ensures a responsible disposal of the electronical waste. Electrobac sends the collected electronic waste to recycling centers that are certified by the Recycler Qualification Office (http://rqp.ca/).

For bigger electronics equipment (computers, printers...), another bin is available where students or employees can safely dispose their waste. This bin is collected by E-Cycle Solutions. They send the electronic waste to their Valleyfield (QC) center and later send a certificate of responsible waste management to Polytechnique.

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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