Hazardous Materials Management
At YVR, we have a lifecycle approach to hazardous and controlled products—from carefully selecting green and less harmful products at the outset to managing the storage, transportation, use and cleanup of the products while onsite to ensuring the proper disposal of products offsite. Through the Hazardous Materials Management Program, we educate employees and advise our contractors on these key elements and we inspect and audit our facilities and operations to minimize risks associated with hazardous product use. We also assess our tenants through annual environmental auditing to ensure they are complying with hazardous materials regulations, including the use of pesticides and other hazardous materials.
Our Environment team is responsible for tracking and storage and we use a third party to oversee proper hauling, recycling and disposal of hazardous waste. In 2017, we recycled and disposed of 6,365kg of hazardous waste, an increase from 4,913kg in 2016. At the same time, we recycled and re-purposed 5,895 litres of waste oil, waste oily water and antifreeze.
Our Spill Response Plan provides clear guidance on preventing and mitigating releases of hazardous substances and ensuring their effective cleanup if a spill occurs. In 2017, we recorded 145 spills, an increase of seven per cent over 2016. Of these spills, 97 per cent were considered small, meaning less than 100 litres. Hydraulic oil from baggage loaders and lavatory fluid from aircraft accounted for the majority of total utilities spilled onto the apron.