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Exports of waste materials and recyclables to China and scrap materials captured under federal regulations

Date December 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News
In October 2016 amendments to Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) were made to what is captured as “hazardous waste” and “hazardous recyclable material”. Specifically, material exported are considered hazardous waste / recyclable if:
  • they are defined as, or considered to be, “hazardous” under the legislation of the importing country or that of a transit country; 
  • their importation is prohibited under the legislation of the importing country; or 
  • they are one of the “hazardous wastes” or “other wastes” in the Basel Convention, and the importing country is a party to the Basel Convention
In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization of plans to update its Catalogue of Solid Wastes Forbidden to Import into China (PDF) by the end of 2017, and broaden the import prohibition to include materials such as paper and mixed plastics.
Accordingly, material considered hazardous under the EIHWHRMR will still require an export permit under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act if China is the intended destination for shipment.
With China's impending ban, shipments that proceed without proper permits will be considered unlawful exports.
Exporters will be fully responsible for repatriating the material to Canada or to an alternative destination, and could be subject to prosecution.
Next Steps
Implications contained in this notice may significantly affect foreign exports of materials and domestic program performance. RCO will continue to monitor ongoing developments and apprise members with more information as it becomes available.
We have reached out to Environment Canada to host a joint-webinar for RCO members in early 2018 to clarify Canada's position and actions, and to consider outcomes and alternatives for the Ontario market.




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