Hazardous Waste

To prevent harming human health and the environment, it’s essential that hazardous waste is handled, stored, transported, treated and disposed of properly.

Waste that is classified/defined as hazardous waste must be managed according to the rules and standards set out by the Environmental Management Act and the Hazardous Waste Regulation.

What Makes Waste "Hazardous"?

Wastes may be "hazardous" for many different reasons:

  • They are corrosive, ignitable, infectious, reactive and toxic (the "acute" hazard characteristics)
  • They have the potential to harm human health or the environment in a subtle manner over long periods of time (the "chronic" hazards)
  • They may range from paints, oils and solvents to acids, heavy metal-containing sludges and pesticides

How is Hazardous Waste Managed?

Ongoing collaboration with communities, public organizations, industry leaders and private agencies ensures that current technology and best practices guide the handling and disposal of hazardous waste.


The information in the Hazardous Waste website is provided as a public service. This website and all the information it contains do not supersede or replace the Environmental Management Act and its regulations.  In the case of omissions or discrepancies, the Act and its regulations apply.