Hazardous waste legislation and 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 and bulletins

These guides are provided as a resource.


Hazardous waste protocols and 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 is a director approved variance for the determination and characterization of leachable toxic waste for cyanide. It authorizes the use of a variation of the BC MLEP to use 0.125 M NaOH for the analysis of cyanide only; US EPA Method 1311 is required to be used for the classification of leachable toxic waste for all substances other than cyanide.

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.