Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations, 2021: key changes

These regulations replace the following regulations:

This page lists the main changes stemming from the regulations and should not be considered as an exhaustive list.

Definition of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material

Introduction of a permit holder

The words “exporter” and “importer” are replaced with “permit holder” in the regulations.

The permit holder must be:

The permit holder is responsible for ensuring that activities comply with the terms of the permit and the regulations.

Notification requirements

Correspondence between schedules in the old and the new regulations

Old regulations New regulations
Schedule 1 – Disposal operations for HW Schedule 1 – Part 1 – Disposal operations
Schedule 2 – Recycling operations for HRM Schedule 1 – Part 2 – Recycling operations
Schedule 3 – HW and HRM   (HAZ codes) Schedule 6 – HW and HRM   (HAZ codes)

Schedule 4   (F and K codes)

  • Part 1 – HW and HRM from Non-specific Sources
  • Part 2 – HW and HRM from Specific Sources

Schedule 12   (F and K codes)

  • Part 1 – HW and HRM from Non-specific Sources
  • Part 2 – HW and HRM from Specific Sources
Schedule 5 – Environmentally Hazardous Substances Schedule 7 – Environmentally Hazardous Substances (E codes)
Schedule 6 – Hazardous Constituents Controlled under Leachate Test and Regulated Limits   (L codes)  Schedule 2 – Environmentally Hazardous Constituents (L codes)

Schedule 7   (P and U codes)

  • Part 1 – Acute HW and HRM Chemicals
  • Part 2 – HW and HRM Chemicals

Schedule 8   (P and U codes)

  • Part 1 – Acute HW and HRM Chemicals
  • Part 2 – HW and HRM Chemicals
Schedule 8 – Excluded Materials Schedule 9 – Excluded Materials
Schedule 9 – Movement Document

Schedule 4 – Movement Document for Movement Within Canada – Information required

Schedule 10 – Movement Document for Imports, Exports and Transits – Information required

Schedule 10 – Persistent Organic Pollutants Schedule 5 – Persistent Organic Pollutants
 

New:

Schedule 3 – Notification for Import, Export and Transit Permits – Information required

Schedule 11

  • Part 1 – Reasons why waste or recyclable material is intended for disposal or recycling
  • Part 2 – Generic types of potentially HW
  • Part 3 – Constituents of potentially HW (C codes)
  • Part 4 – List of hazardous characteristics (H codes)
  • Part 5 – Activities that may generate potentially HW

If ‘N/A’ is used for the UN number, ‘N/A’ must also be used for the class.

Packing groups related to the UN Number no longer have to be submitted with notification and will not be reviewed or validated by ECCC during the notification process.

The regulations set out the conditions for refusal, suspension or revocation of a permit. ECCC will provide written notification of a suspension and provide an opportunity for the permit holder to make representations to reinstate permit.

Requirements for international movement documents

Requirements for interprovincial movement documents

Exports of PCB waste

Return and re-routing

Record retention

Contact us

Waste Reduction and Management Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey
351 St-Joseph, 9th Floor
Gatineau QC J8Y 3Z5

Telephone: 1-800-668-6767
Notification team email
: notification@ec.gc.ca
Movement team email: dm-md@ec.gc.ca

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