Changes to the Hazardous Waste Regulation for moderate risk waste
Changes have been made to the Hazardous Waste Regulation for return collection facilities and transporters that collect, store and transport moderate risk waste.
On this page
- Moderate risk waste
- Changes to the regulation
- Feedback on the proposed changes to the regulation (2021)
- Return collection facilities
- Details and important dates
- Resources and guidance
Moderate risk waste is hazardous waste that's:
- In a Recycling Regulation product category, such as:
- Lead-acid batteries
- Waste oil
- Oil-based paint, or
- Generated from the following products sold by a retailer and designed for use in domestic activities at residences:
- Pressurized refillable propane cylinders with a water capacity of less than 109 litres
- Pressurized, non-refillable cylinders less than 455 grams
- Pressurized, non-refillable helium cylinders
- Handheld fire extinguishers
- Animal deterrents containing capsaicin
- Household cleaners and disinfectant products
- Diesel fuel
Moderate risk waste can be generated from:
- Commercial businesses
Moderate risk waste does not include e-waste or pharmaceutical waste.
The regulation was updated to:
- Facilitate the collection, diversion and recycling of moderate risk waste and Extended Producer Responsibility
- Make it more practical and financially viable for northern and remote communities, including Indigenous communities to collect, transport and dispose of moderate risk waste
- Protect the environment by reducing illegal dumping or unlawful disposal and by supporting access to return collection facilities
- Protect human health by reducing risks of fire and chemical exposures for workers in rural and remote communities
The new regulatory requirements will:
- Enable temporary collection events previously not enabled in the Hazardous Waste Regulation
- Enable the collection of moderate risk waste not captured by Extended Producer Responsibility, further supporting waste diversion and a circular economy
- Exempt (with conditions) requirements to use licensed transporters, to facilitate transport out of remote and northern communities, including Indigenous communities
- Exempt (with conditions) requirements to use manifests when transporting moderate risk waste
In 2021, the ministry pursued feedback on the proposed changes to the regulation from:
- Indigenous peoples
- Local governments
- Other key participants
The intentions paper was released in June 2021.
To learn more about what changes were proposed, review the Hazardous Waste Regulation Intentions Paper (PDF, 1.2MB).
Summary of feedback
The ministry reviewed all feedback in response to the intentions paper.
This feedback guided the amendments to the regulation.
To learn more, review the Feedback Summary of the Hazardous Waste Regulation Intentions Paper (PDF, 379KB).
The Hazardous Waste Regulation requirements for a return collection facility are largely unchanged. Many of the changes align with the ministry’s existing policies that were not reflected in the regulation.
The amendments enable a return collection facility to collect and store more types of moderate risk waste not captured by existing Extended Producer Responsibility programs.
To collect hazardous waste from households that's not moderate risk waste, an operational plan needs to be developed and submitted to the director. The ministry intents to produce guidance to help direct the development of these plans.
There are no changes to the amount of waste that can be stored at a return collection facility:
- Return collection facilities may collect moderate risk waste from institutional and commercial sources to better support waste diversion
- A return collection facility must service residential users
- It cannot only collect moderate risk waste from institutional and commercial sources
- A return collection facility cannot collect hazardous waste, including moderate risk waste from industrial sources
Specific exemptions (with conditions) are provided for small return collection facilities that only collect waste, such as:
- Lead-acid batteries
- Waste oil
Requirements are in Part 6 and 6.1 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation.
Temporary collection events
Temporary collection events were not previously enabled in the Hazardous Waste Regulation.
Under the new regulation, there are signage, storage, and training requirements for temporary collection events.
These requirements have been in place at temporary collection events, despite not having been explicitly required under the regulation:
- Requirements can be found in 42.7 – 42.74 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation
The amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulation are detailed in Order in Council No. 417, approved on July 7, 2023.
The majority of the changes to the regulation are outlined in Appendix 1 of the Order in Council and will be effective on August 1, 2023.
Operational plan requirements for return collection facilities are outlined in Appendix 2 of the Order in Council and will be effective on February 1, 2024.
The ministry will create guidance to help return collection facilities, consolidation sites and transporters understand and comply with the new requirements.