Responsibilities of PERC importers, recyclers or sellers

If you import tetrachloroethylene (PERC) into Canada, sell PERC to owners or operators of dry cleaning machines, or recycle PERC in Canada, the information in this and linked pages is meant to help you understand your obligations under the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations. You are a recycler if you recover, clean or reclaim PERC but not if you only recycle or reclaim PERC in a dry cleaning machine [section 12].

General Responsibilities: [sections 11, 12, 13]

If you are an importer/recycler and/or seller, you must:

Importers: If you are an importer, you must file annual reports, including information outlined in Schedule 1 of the PERC Regulations.

Sample Reporting Form - Importers (HTML)

  • Sample Reporting Form - Importers (PDF; 49 KB)

Recyclers: If you are a recycler, you must file annual reports, including information outlined in Schedule 2 of the PERC Regulations.

Sample Reporting Form - Recyclers (HTML):

  • Sample Reporting Form - Recyclers (PDF; 49 KB)

Sellers: If you are a seller, you must file annual reports including information outlined in Schedule 3 of the PERC Regulations.

Sample Reporting Form - Sellers (HTML)

  • Sample Reporting Form - Sellers (PDF; 270 KB)

File the completed and signed annual report with the regional Environment Canada office serving your area.

Environment Canada office addresses and contact information can be found here.

Specific Responsibilities of Sellers: [section 5]

Sellers of PERC for use in dry cleaning have other obligations in addition to the general responsibilities described above. If you are a seller, you may not sell PERC to owners and/or operators of a dry cleaning machine unless the dry cleaning machine:

  • uses the same drum for the washing, extraction, drying and aeration cycles;
  • has a built-in refrigerated condenser that recovers PERC vapour in the recirculated air from the drum of the machine;
  • keeps PERC vapour in the drum from venting into the open air during the washing, extraction, drying and aeration cycles;
  • has a built-in PERC-water separator;
  • has a manufacturer's design rating for PERC consumption equal to or less than 10 kg or 6.2 L of PERC per 1000 kg of clothing cleaned, or alternatively was installed or in use prior to August 1, 2003; and
  • is used in a dry cleaning facility that is equipped with:
    1. (i) a PERC-impermeable secondary containment system encompassing at least the entire surface under each dry cleaning machine, tank or other container holding PERC, waste water or residue and capable of containing at least 110% of the capacity of the largest tank or container within the containment system; and
    2. (ii) PERC-resistant drain plugs that are readily available to seal all floor drains into which PERC, waste water or residue may flow in the event of a spill.

Although care has been taken to ensure that the compliance promotion package accurately reflects the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations, the Act and its regulations prevail over the text of this compliance promotion package in case of any discrepancies or inconsistencies. This compliance promotion package does not supersede or modify the Act or the regulations.

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