This is the inaugural article of “Composting Matters,” a column geared to report on trends and issues pertaining to the development of composting in Canada.
This issue provides an overview of the various legislative and regulatory parameters as provided by the provincial and territorial ministries of environment.
BC Ministry of Environment, Lands & Parks
Prevention and Remediation Branch
P.O. Box 9342, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9M1
Waste Management Act (1996), Environment Management Act (1996), Production and Use of Compost Regulation (1994), Organic Matter Recycling Regulation Draft 2 (1999) and Production and Use of Compost Regulation.
Alberta Environment Action on Waste
5th Floor, Oxbridge Place
9820-106th Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 2J6
Website: www.gov.ab.ca/env/waste/aow/ index.html
Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Waste Control Regulation, Activities Designation Regulation, Code of Practice for Compost Facilities, Code of Practice for Responsible Livestock Development & Manure Management, Municipal Waste Facility Operator Certification Guidelines for Landfills and Composting Operations and CCME Guidelines for Compost Quality.
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management
Environmental Protection Branch
3211 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4S 5W6
Municipal Refuse Management Regulations (1986) and CCME Guidelines for Compost Quality.
Pollution Prevention Branch
123 Main Street, Suite 160
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A5
Environment Act, Waste Reduction and Prevention Act, Municipal Act, City of Winnipeg Act, Waste Disposal Ground Regulation and CCME Guidelines for Compost Quality.
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
135 St. Clair Ave. West, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
Environmental Protection Act, Part V; Regulations 101, 102, 103, 104, 347; Draft Standardized Approval Regulation; Interim Guidelines for the Production & Use of Aerobic Compost; and Draft Guide lines for Aerobic Composting Facilities & Compost Use.
Ministre de l’Environnement
Direction des politiques du secteur municipal
Service de la gestion des rsidus solides
675, boul. Ren-Lvesque Est
Qubec, QC G1R 4V7
Environment Quality Act (Articles 22; 54); Regulation respecting solid waste (R.R.Q. 1981, c. Q-2, r-14); Regulation respecting pulp and paper mills (R.R.Q. 1981, c. Q-2, r. 12.1, O.C 1353-92); Quebec Action Plan for Waste Management 1998-2008 (September 1998); Guidelines on Approval Procedures and Siting and Operations Criteria for Organic Composting or Inorganic Recovery Facilities (1999); Instruction Note 99-06 on Agronomic Utilization of Residuals; and, Interim Guidelines for Landspreading (1999).
NB Department of the Environment
Municipal Services Section
364 Argyle Street, P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
Clean Environment Act, Water Quality Regulation under Clean Environment Act and Guidelines for the Site Selection, Operation and Approval of Composting Facilities in New Brunswick.
Nova Scotia Department of the Environment
P.O. Box 2107
Halifax, NS B3J 3B7
Environment Act, Solid Waste Resource Management Strategy (1995), Activities Designation Regulations, Approvals Procedure Regulations, Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations and Nova Scotia Department of the Environment Composting Facility Guidelines (1998).
Prince Edward Island
P.E.I. Department of Technology and Environment
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, P.E.I. C1A 7N8
Environmental Protection Act, Draft Waste Resource Management Regulations and CCME Guidelines for Compost Quality.
NF Department of Environment and Labour
Pollution Prevention Division
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NF A1B 4J6
Environment Act and Waste Material Disposal Act.
Yukon Territorial Government
Department of Renewable Resources
Environmental Protection Branch R-8
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Tel.: (867) 667-5934
Environment Act, Some regulations under this act are:
1. Solid Waste Regulations
a) Special Waste Regulations
b) Pesticide Regulations
c) Draft Air Emissions Regulation
Government of Northwest Territories
Environmental Protection Service
Department of Resources, Wildlife & Economic Development
600, 5102-50th Avenue
Yellowknife, N.W.T. X1A 3S8
Tel.: (867) 873-7654
N.W.T. Environmental Protection Act, Environmental Guideline for Agricultural Waste Management and CCME Guidelines for Compost Quality.
Government of Nunavut
Department of Sustainable Development
PO Box 800
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0
Tel.: (867) 979-5119
Environmental Protection Act, Environmental Guideline for Agricultural Waste Management and CCME Guidelines for Compost Quality.