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Proposed changes to rules on export and import of hazardous waste and recyclable material

April 5, 2016

The Department of the Environment announced proposed regulations amending the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations in order to strengthen Canada's ability to meet two of its obligations under the United Nations Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel Convention).

Canada has the obligation to seek the consent of an importing or a transit country for any export from Canada of waste or recyclable material subject to the Basel Convention, including household waste, as well as the obligation to take or send back shipments that cannot be completed as planned.

Since 2005, on average, there has been one export from Canada each year that has been refused by the importing or transit country because the waste or recyclable materials were prohibited or controlled in one or both of these countries. However, the exported materials were not covered under Canadian regulations.

The new regulations will provide for a better control of shipments of those materials. It will correct inconsistencies between the Basel Convention requirements and the return provisions of the Regulations for permitted imports or exports that cannot be completed as planned.

The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette.

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