Canada seeks public opinion on waste import and export
Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice
announced the start of a public consultation period that begins
the process of updating Canada’s regulatory framework for the
transboundary movement of waste and hazardous recyclable materials.
Environment Canada posted a discussion paper online that interested
stakeholders and Canadians can comment until mid-June.
The Government of Canada is updating three existing regulations
under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999),
to ensure greater protection of the health and environment of
Canadians and of other countries, improve policy alignment with
international agreements, and add clarity to enhance the efficiency
and effectiveness of the regulations.
The regulations to be updated are the Export and Import of Hazardous
Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations, 2005, the
Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations, 2002,
and the PCB Waste Export Regulations, 1996. The new regulatory
framework will ensure that electrical and electronic equipment
(commonly referred to as e-waste), being exported or imported
for disposal, recycling or reuse is managed in an environmentally
It will strengthen the implementation of Canada’s international
commitments to control the movement of waste, particularly under
the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements
of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (1989), ratified by Canada
in 1992. The regulatory update will also improve the enforceability
of the regulations while reducing administrative and paperwork
burden on stakeholders.