Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations - User Guide: chapter 13

Pre-Approved Facilities

A pre-approved facility is one that has been approved in advance by the competent government authority to receive shipments of certain types of waste destined for recycling. Canadian facilities can contact ec.notification.ec@canada.ca to get more information and may apply for pre-approval by submitting the following information (outlined in OECD Decision C(2001)107/Final) to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Waste Reduction and Management Division (WRMD):

Application for an Advance Approval of Authorized Facility

  • the name and address of the facility
  • the intended recycling operation
  • the type of recyclable material to which the pre-approval applies
  • the time period covered

This and any additional information required will be forwarded to the province in which the facility is located. The province may then grant approval for the facility to receive a certain quantity of a specific recyclable material over a given period of time. The same mechanism exists under the Regulations.

No export or import to a pre-approved facility may begin until a permit has been issued by the Minister.

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