Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations - User Guide: chapter 12

Confirmation of Disposal or Recycling

The Canadian importer or foreign receiver who accepts a shipment of hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material is responsible for its disposal or recycling. Canada’s international obligations specify the time frame within which this operation must take place, according to the type of operation.

12.1 Interim Disposal or Recycling Operations

Interim disposal or recycling operations that may take place prior to final disposal or recycling include

  • D13, D14, or D17 from Schedule 1, and
  • R12, R13, or R16 from Schedule 2.

The authorized facility (commonly known as the “transfer station”) has 180 days to complete these interim operations.

12.2 Final Disposal or Recycling Operations

All other disposal or recycling operations (including those made following interim disposal or recycling) must be completed by the authorized facility within one year.

If the authority of the jurisdiction requires that the hazardous waste or material be disposed of or recycled within a shorter period of time, the authorized facility must comply with this requirement.

12.3 Confirmation of Disposal or Recycling

Within 30 days after the completion of the disposal or recycling operation, a letter confirming that the operation has taken place in accordance with the export or import permit must be forwarded to Environment and Climate Change Canada by the Canadian exporter or importer. The letter must include the movement document reference number and the line-item number of the applicable hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material. To assist in complying with this requirement of the regulations, Environment and Climate Change Canada has developed a Confirmation of Disposal or Recycling form (PDF; 13.4 KB).

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