Waste Programs

CNL has sixty years of experience as a responsible steward of waste, and continues to grow and evolve our waste management program to further minimize our environmental footprint. As evidence of CNL’s ongoing improvement, from 2007 to 2011, the total volume of radioactive waste, inactive waste and recyclables generated at the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) decreased by 20 per cent, even when the workforce at CRL increased by 17 per cent during the same period.

One of the key aspects of waste minimization is waste segregation.  All employees, contractors and visitors are expected to properly segregate their waste into the appropriate waste receptacle that is approved for their areas. Using the correct waste receptacles and recycling bins, in approved areas, will help CNL to significantly reduce the cost of disposal, and achieve excellence in environmental stewardship.

Since partnering with the local receiving facility Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC), CRL has diverted over 1,000 tonnes of paper, containers, corrugated cardboard and organics from the landfill. Other CRL items sent for recycle include scrap metal, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), secure shredded paper, compact fluorescent light tubes and batteries.

In 2008, CNL received a Gold Ontario Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.  This award celebrates CNL’s leadership and innovation in developing and implementing waste reduction programs that significantly improve Ontario’s diversion goals. 

CNL is proud of its waste management program; if you wish more information, please contact cnl.ca.