Ministry proposes RPRA operate Hazardous Waste Information Network for industrial hazardous or liquid waste

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is consulting on a proposal to allow the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority to operate digital reporting services for waste and resource recovery programs beyond producer responsibility, starting with the proposed modernization of the Hazardous Waste Information Network (HWIN).

The Ministry’s proposal is available on the Environmental Registry of Ontario and feedback is being accepted until November 27.

The Ministry is proposing that the Hazardous Waste Information Network, which it currently operates to  track industrial hazardous or liquid waste, be the first digital reporting service to transition to the Authority. Costs of the program are proposed to be recovered from users of HWIN.

The Ministry’s proposal also notes the Authority will be able to leverage its expertise in establishing and operating online reporting systems to modernize the program and eliminate paper reporting. By transitioning digital reporting services to the Authority, the Ministry proposes to reduce administrative burden on businesses and help them achieve efficiencies and cost savings in the future.

The Ministry’s HWIN proposal is unrelated to the wind up of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program currently operated by Stewardship Ontario.