Ontario’s Hazardous Waste Program ensures industrial hazardous or liquid waste is properly stored, transported, recycled, recovered and disposed to protect public health and the environment. Under this program, generators, carriers and receivers of hazardous and liquid industrial waste must report their waste management activities to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
On April 22, 2020, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed the Authority to prepare a digital reporting service for the Hazardous Waste Program. The new reporting service will support the ministry’s goal of ensuring that hazardous waste is safely managed, while making it easier for the regulated community to report their hazardous waste management activities.
The minister’s direction aligns with amendments made in December 2019 to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, the Environmental Protection Act and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 to change the Authority’s mandate to provide digital reporting services for a wider range of waste and resource recovery programs beyond producer responsibility.
The Hazardous Waste Program digital reporting service will be available beginning January 1, 2022, with registration of regulated parties beginning on or before July 1, 2021.
The government is currently consulting with stakeholders on proposed regulatory and guidance amendments and reporting service changes. The proposal changes are outlined in a discussion paper posted to the Environmental Registry for a 60-day comment period, from June 19, 2020 until August 18, 2020: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-1760
Once the regulatory amendments are made, the Authority will:
- Provide a digital reporting service (including registration, reporting, information management, and related items) that enables regulated persons to comply with the information reporting requirements of the Hazardous Waste program.
- Set and collect fees in a transparent and consultative manner.
- Support stakeholders who report under the Hazardous Waste Program.
Compliance and enforcement activities for the Hazardous Waste Program will remain with the ministry.
Information related to the preparation of a digital reporting service and future consultations will be posted to this page as it becomes available.
The ministry’s Hazardous Waste Program initiative is unrelated to the wind up of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program currently operated by Stewardship Ontario, Product Care Association, Automotive Materials Stewardship and SodaStream.