The 2010 Statistics for the International Movements of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material

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General Information

In Canada, the management of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material is a shared responsibility between all levels of government. The Government of Canada is responsible for regulating the international movements of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material.

International agreements play a key role in responding to environmental issues in Canada and abroad. Canada is party to three international agreements on the transboundary movements of hazardous waste, which are the United Nations Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Decision of Council on the Control of Transfrontier Movements of Wastes Destined for Recovery Operations, and the Canada–US Agreement Concerning the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste.

In order to implement the terms of these international agreements, Canada relies on regulations made under the authority of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. In 1992, regulations were introduced to control and track movements of hazardous waste. In 2005, Canada improved and reinforced its former control regime by adopting the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR).

The EIHWHRMR regulate international movements of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material out of, into, and through Canada. The statistics presented below show the status of imports, exports and transits for the year 2010. They also present information on the type of operation to be conducted on the hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material following the import, export or transit. The disposal and recycling operations described in this document are listed in Schedules 1 and 2 of the EIHWHRMR.

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