Hazardous Waste Legislation & Regulations

The Environmental Management Act (EMA) prohibits the introduction of waste into the environment in a way that will cause pollution, except in accordance with a regulation, permit, approval or code of practice issued under the Act. The Hazardous Waste Regulation (HWR) addresses the proper handling and disposal of hazardous wastes, under the EMA.

Legislation Guides & Bulletins

These guides are provided as a resource.


Amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulation

Ongoing work to review and revise the Hazardous Waste Regulation to ensure that it remains up-to-date is underway to revise the regulation in two stages. The first stage (effective April 2009), addressed some minor revisions. A summary of the approved amendments and a copy of the amendment schedule itself are available below.

The intentions paper for the second stage of amendments presents proposed policy changes to increase the accountability of generators, carriers and receivers of hazardous waste and to promote greater reliance on qualified professionals.

In addition, the proposed changes are intended to improve the structure and organization of the regulation to allow for easier understanding.


Hazardous Waste Protocols & Criteria

These emission criteria and operating requirements apply to thermal treatment operations for burning biomedical waste or a mixture of biomedical waste and any general refuse originating from a hospital or other sources of biomedical waste, with the exception of human and animal remains burned in crematoria and any other hazardous waste besides biomedical waste.

This protocol applies to PCB hazardous waste solid residues which result from the treatment of hazardous waste by physical, chemical, biological, incineration or thermal processes.

  • The B.C. government is currently updating the “Protocol for Management of PCB Contaminated Wastes” to align with recent federal regulatory amendments. The document will be re-posted after updates have been completed.

This procedure provides a protocol for use by a manager to authorize removal of decontaminated transformer components or residue from a hazardous waste treatment facility.

  • The B.C. government is currently updating the “Protocol for Management of PCB Transformers” to align with recent federal regulatory amendments. The document will be re-posted after updates have been completed.

This protocol is approved for evaluation of treated spent iron sponge. Iron sponge consists of wood shavings or wood chips impregnated with hydrated iron oxide. It is used for removal of H2S in oil and gas processing operations. Exposure to H2S and mercaptans produces iron sulphides and iron mercaptides. Infused with these contaminants, the iron sponge is referred to as spent iron sponge.

This procedure provides a delisting protocol for treated hydrocarbon contaminated soil for use by the Director designated under the Environmental Management Act.

This protocol addresses the management of residues from an approved biological treatment process for hydrocarbon contaminated drill cuttings that are hazardous waste due to the presence of waste oil, BTEX, naphthalene or PAH.