Bill C-32, tabled in March 1998, gives Canada authority to control waste import and export by requiring prior informed consent of the receiver and a tracking system to ensure wastes arrive at designated facilities and are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Environment Canada has contracted SNC Lavalin Engineers and Constructors (SLE&C) to develop regulatory options with all stakeholders. This work will include an analysis of current and projected non-hazardous waste imports and exports, reasons for the cross-border flow and current disposal capacity. The report will also document the rationale for controlling transboundary waste movement, Canada’s obligations under the 1992 Basel Convention, provincial legislation and needs, and provincial waste minimization programs. A series of workshops with stakeholders has been planned.
Contact Ted Taylor at SLE&C, 416-252-5311 or Charles Cormier at Environment Canada, 819-953-2172