Hazardous waste Hazardous waste management programs are in place to address the handling and disposal of liquid and solid hazardous waste. The programs are designed to ensure compliance with applicable provincial and federal legislation. Employees receive training on how to safely handle hazardous waste. Topics include personal protective equipment, how to store waste, how to complete the appropriate shipping documents, and emergency response. The hazardous waste management program is evaluated through regular audits and reports to management. Non-hazardous waste We’ve implemented a non-hazardous solid waste management program, and conduct annual waste audits and develop waste reduction work plans to reduce the amount of non-hazardous waste that goes to landfill from our work centres. In 2014, waste bins with receptacles for general waste, paper and mixed recycling streams were installed at all Toronto Hydro facilities to help increase the amount of waste that is separated at the source and thus recycled. Comprehensive waste audits were also conducted as required by the Ontario Environmental Protection Act. We’ve developed a strategy to reduce our waste in 2015 based on the findings of the waste audits. This strategy includes monthly audits, employee education, increased awareness and employee feedback. Waste reduction and waste diversion targets have also been established and progress will be reported to the organization on a regular basis. TORONTO HYDRO 2014 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT 61 INTRODUCTION MATERIALITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT OUR WORKFORCE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS Enhancing processes In 2014, we launched an initiative to change our disposal procedure for cables suspected of containing PCBs. In previous years, cables were manually sampled and tested to determine PCB content. This was an unreliable method because PCB levels could vary at different sections of the cable and increased the risk of the waste being disposed of in an improper manner. The sampling process also added significant costs to the disposal fees as it required a laboratory analysis of every piece of cable. In 2015, the process was modified and all cables identified as potentially containing PCBs are now treated as such. This new disposal procedure will minimize environmental risks and decrease disposal costs. Extending the life of transformers Toronto Hydro also has a program in place to refurbish defective transformers, when possible. In 2014, 367 transformers were recovered, thereby avoiding the waste generated had they been decommissioned. Detailed tracking Spills are managed by following Toronto Hydro’s spill response and reporting procedure. Spill data is tracked and reported to senior management on a monthly basis. The data is used to track performance, effectiveness of controls, and to determine if new mitigation plans are required.
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