Bulky Substances

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) permits the disposal at sea of Bulky Substances which are defined as “primarily composed of iron, steel, concrete or other similar matter that does not have a significant adverse effect, other than a physical effect, on the sea or the seabed”.

In order to be considered these substances must:

  • be in locations at which the disposal at sea is the only practicable manner of disposal
  • would not pose a serious obstacle to fishing or navigation after being disposed of

Furthermore, the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention states that the disposal at sea of bulky substances should be “limited to those circumstances where such wastes are generated at locations, such as small islands with isolated communities, having no practicable access to disposal options.

As such, permits for the disposal of bulky substances are rare and the information is assessed on a case-by case basis. For an application to dispose of bulky substances consult your local Disposal at Sea office. The assessment will be carried out by the Regional Office and they will provide specific advice on these wastes, prior to submitting a permit application.