Assessment of Hazardous Waste Generators' Compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulation

Assessment of Hazardous Waste Generators' Compliance with the Hazardous Waste Regulation.
The findings in this report come from a survey of selected B.C. Generators (BCG) listed in the province's BCG registration system.

Of the 733 surveys mailed out, 234 surveys were returned by Canada Post due to outdated addresses, 154 responses were received from generators and the remainder went unanswered. Results highlight problems with the BCG registration system, the generally poor understanding of the regulatory requirements by this sector of the industry and the significant amount of ministry resources required to achieve compliance.

The study developed several recommendations which have been or will be acted upon.

Below, you will find actions taken to date or planned, to address the three key recommendations from the above named report.

Recommendation 1:

Staff in the Lower Mainland regional office have prepared a draft hazardous waste strategic plan for the next five years. The plan outlines the priorities for the ministry in terms of compliance promotion, verification and enforcement.

Recommendation 2:

A communication plan is being developed as part of the hazardous waste strategic plan discussed in Recommendation 1 above.

Recommendation 3:

Ministry staff have prepared several guidance documents and letters that are being shared with clients to improve understanding of the regulatory requirements.