Does your Facility Generate Hazardous Waste?

The management and generation of subject waste in Ontario are governed by Regulation 347 “General Waste Management” under the Environmental Protection Act.  This newsletter is directed towards subject waste that is generated. Haulage, treatment and disposal have additional regulations not covered in this paper.

Regulation 347 defines the requirements for handling, storing, managing and disposing of subject waste in Ontario. It also includes a generator registration and manifest system to track these wastes from the point of generation (cradle) to their final disposal (grave). The regulation sets out responsibilities for generators, carriers, and receivers of subject waste.

What is Subject Waste?

The term Subject waste is used to identify the types of wastes that must be registered with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. They include liquid industrial waste (LIW) & Hazardous waste. Subject waste is considered a Hazardous waste if it appears on Schedule 1, 2A, 2B or 3 of Reg. 347.

NOTE: There are additional regulations that address the management of certain types of waste (such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs).

schedule 1 waste

A Small Quantity Exemption is provided for some hazardous and liquid industrial wastes.  The exempted quantities vary and depend on the specific waste characterization. To determine exemption, the waste must be evaluated and a waste characterization established.

If your waste does not appear on one of these schedules, it still could be considered hazardous if it displays the following characteristics: corrosive, ignitable, reactive or leaches contaminants. Wastes that are defined as pathological, PCB and radioactive waste are also considered hazardous.

Want to learn more about Managing and disposing of Hazardous Waste and choosing a Waste Hauler in Ontario.  Read the full report

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