Canadian companies that export or import waste or recyclable materials should be aware of new regulations that affect them. If they’re not compliant with these regulations, they face costly fines.
Additional types of waste will be considered controlled by law when the Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations (XBR) come into effect on October 31st, 2021. Examples include to some waste batteries and electronic waste – new requirements will apply to their import or export. For more information, please refer to the Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations webpage.
Companies should be aware that they still need permits for shipments classified as hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material. As the permit process can take months to complete, we recommend applying well in advance.
Moreover, even with a valid permit, companies still need a transport manifest to ship hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable materials. Once the company completes the final disposal or recycling of these materials, they must submit confirmation to the relevant government agency.