Proposed changes to the Hazardous Waste Regulation

There are proposed changes to the Hazardous Waste Regulation (HWR).

The change affects return collection facilities and transporters that:

  • Collect, store and transport household hazardous and similar waste from institutional, public and commercial sources

These wastes are called moderate risk wastes.

Examples of moderate risk wastes

  • Waste automotive oil
  • Oil-based paint
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Lithium and lithium-ion batteries
  • Unused gasoline

Proposed HWR changes

Changes are being proposed for:

  • Storing moderate risk wastes at return collection facilities
    • These are facilities that collect from generators of waste such as the public or small businesses
  • Transporting moderate risk wastes from return collection facilities to hazardous waste facilities

To learn more about the proposed changes, review the Hazardous Waste Regulation - Intentions Paper (PDF, 1.3MB).

Feedback opportunity (2021)

In 2021, the ministry sought comments and feedback on the proposed changes from Indigenous peoples, local governments and other key participants.

Summary of feedback and next steps

Recently, the ministry reviewed all submitted comments and feedback in response to the intentions paper. This feedback guided the proposed policy amendments being considered.

To learn more about the feedback and the policy changes under consideration, review the Feedback Summary of the Hazardous Waste Regulation Intentions Paper (PDF, 379KB).