Management of Waste Asbestos

Requirements for Waste Asbestos

Any person, partnership or company in B.C. that produces and/or stores on-site more than 1000 kg of waste asbestos at any given time or within a 30 day period must register as a generator of hazardous waste and obtain a BC Generator number (BCG#).

Generators of hazardous waste are exempt from some requirements if they store their waste on the site where it was generated (on-site), it is passive storage (placement, retrieval or inspection of the hazardous waste only), and manage the waste asbestos in accordance with Part 6 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation (HWR). A director may re-apply any of the exemptions given if he/she deems necessary. For anyone that does not meet the conditions for the exemption, he/she needs to have other authorizations.

The generator is also responsible for ensuring that:

  • the carrier of the waste asbestos has a valid licence to transport issued by the B.C. government,
  • the receiving site (even temporary or intermediate storage sites) has the authorization to receive hazardous waste,
  • Part A of the manifest is completed and copy 1 of the manifest is submitted to the B.C. government (address at the back of the manifest).

Home Owners

Information to assist home owners in the transportation and disposal of asbestos waste if the waste is classified as hazardous waste (“waste asbestos”) as defined in the Hazardous Waste Regulation is provided in the following document:

Contractors and Agents

A contractor may act on behalf of a waste asbestos owner or generator. If acting as an agent to the generator, the contractor must also ensure that the generator’s responsibilities or requirements under the Hazardous Waste Regulation are being met.

Transporting Asbestos

Anyone who transports more than 5 kg of waste asbestos must have a licence to transport waste asbestos and use a manifest issued by the B.C. government. The person transporting the waste asbestos must send it to a facility that is authorized to receive and store that hazardous waste. 

Waste asbestos shipped to other provinces in Canada must be transported in accordance with the federal Inter-provincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Waste asbestos shipped to the United States or other countries abroad must be transported in accordance with the federal Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The generator/exporter of the hazardous waste must apply to Environment Canada for an export permit. 

Transporting Exemptions

An exemption [HWR S. 45(2)] from the licence is available if:

  1. Transportation is only within the boundaries of the property owned, leased or controlled by the person who stores or generates the hazardous waste (no exemption from manifest)
  2. The waste asbestos is transported by the generator and the quantity is less than 1000 kg

An exemption [HWR Section 46(2)(c)] from having a licence to transport hazardous waste and the use of manifest is available to a homeowner or farmer if they take their own waste from their home or farm directly to a facility operated by the government or municipality or an agency of the government or municipality, using a vehicle registered under his/her name.

Many landfills require the use of the B.C. manifest, even if it is not required by the HWR. It is within the receiving site’s right to ask for additional requirements to be met as long as what they request is not in contravention of provincial or federal requirements. 

Receiving or Storing Waste Asbestos

Any person, partnership or company in B.C. that stores at any time, or in any one day period receives, stores, treats, recycles or disposes of more than a 1000 kg of waste asbestos generated from off-site locations, must register the waste asbestos and their operations, and obtain a Registered site number (RS#) for their facility.

Receiving sites such as transfer stations, temporary storage sites, intermediate storage sites, recycling sites, disposal sites and landfills, must have an authorization to receive hazardous waste generated off-site. This authorization is in the form of approval for Operational Plan, Contingency Plan, etc.

Plans & Specifications

These documents provide assistance to any person, partnership or company in B.C. that is required to submit and obtain director’s approval for an operational plan, a contingency plan, a closure plan and the facility’s design plans & specifications.

Workplace Handling of Asbestos

Consideration must be given to the British Columbia Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation which contains legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under the inspection jurisdiction of WorkSafe BC. There are some differences between the Hazardous Waste Regulation and the OHS Regulation; where they are different, any regulated party must meet all the requirements in both regulations.