Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations - User Guide: chapter 14


Waste Export Reductions Plans

Section 188(1) of CEPA provides the Minister with the authority to request an exporter or class of exporters of a type of hazardous waste for final disposal to submit and implement a plan for the purpose of reducing or phasing out the export of the waste.

Section 191(g) of CEPA takes into account the proximity or benefit of using the nearest appropriate disposal facility, and the increased production of goods responsible for generating the hazardous waste for disposal. The Regulations define the information to be included in such plans as follows:

  1. information with respect to the hazardous waste to which the plan applies, namely
    1. the International Waste Identification Code (IWIC) as described in the Guide to Classification,
    2. the applicable code set out in List A of Annex VIII to the Basel Convention,
    3. the identification number set out in column 1 of Schedule 3, 4 or 7, and
    4. information set out in the applicable schedules to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) namely
      1. the applicable United Nations (UN) number, set out in column 1 of Schedule 1 or column 5 of Schedule 3,
      2. the applicable class, set out in column 3 of Schedule 1 or the primary class, set out in column 4 of Schedule 3, and
      3. the applicable packing group and category, set out in column 4 of Schedule 1;
  2. the name, quantity, and concentration of any Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) set out in column 2 of Schedule 10 that is contained in the hazardous waste referred to in the plan;
  3. if the exporter generates the hazardous waste referred to in the plan, the name and a description of the process that generated the waste, and the activity in which that process is used;
  4. the origin of the hazardous waste, if the exporter does not generate the waste referred to in the plan;
  5. the quantity of hazardous waste exported at the start of the implementation of the plan and the quantity of export reduction to be achieved at each stage of the plan;
  6. a description of the manner in which the exporter will reduce or phase out exports of the hazardous waste referred to in the plan;
  7. the options considered for reducing or phasing out the export of the hazardous waste referred to in the plan, including options for disposing of or recycling it in Canada;
  8. the stages of the plan and a schedule for implementing the plan; and
  9. for each stage of the plan, an estimate of the quantity of goods produced that generates the hazardous waste to which the plan applies, and a description of the impact of any changes to the quantity produced on the reduction or phasing out of exports of that waste.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will notify exporters directly if they are required to prepare an export-reduction plan for the waste destined for final disposal.

The export-reduction plan must be submitted before a permit to export will be granted. A copy of the plan must be kept at the exporter’s principal place of business in Canada for a period of five years after the date on which the plan was submitted.

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