Reducing or phasing out plans

Plans for reducing or phasing out the export of hazardous waste for final disposal and plans for reducing or phasing out the export of prescribed non-hazardous waste for final disposal

Canada is party to three international agreements dealing with the export and import of hazardous waste and prescribed non-hazardous waste. As part of its international obligations under the Basel Convention and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Council Decision C(90)178, Canada is required to work towards developing its capacity to reduce its exports of hazardous wastes.

In particular, s. 188 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), allows the Minister of the Environment to require submission of plans for the reduction or phase-out of exports of wastes destined for final disposal in another country, and the implementation of those plans.

In the case of hazardous waste destined for final disposal, the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (the Export and Import Regulations) set out the information that must be included in the plan should the Minister require the submission of one. CEPA 1999 takes into account:

  • the benefit of using the closest disposal facility, even if that facility is in another country; and
  • any changes in the quantity of goods whose production results in the creation of hazardous wastes.

For more information, please contact:

Waste Reduction & Management Division
Environment Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd, 14th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 1-844-524-5295
Fax number: 819-938-4555
Email address: ec.notification.ec@canada.ca

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