Environment and Climate Change Canada: Seeking comments on the discussion paper on the XBR

Seeking comments on the Discussion Document on the Review of the Definitions of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials under the Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations

 APRIL 6, 2022 – On April 6, 2022, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released a discussion document on the Review of the Definitions of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials under the Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations (the discussion document). This publication initiates a 45-day public consultation period during which stakeholders, interested parties and Indigenous groups may submit comments to ECCC.

The discussion document can be found on here: https://canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/managing-reducing-waste/consultations/definitions-regulations-cross-border-movement.html.

The Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations (XBR), which came into force on October 31, 2021, can be found on the Government of Canada’s website at the following address: CEPA Registry – Canada.ca.

ECCC invites you to review the discussion document and provide your comments, no later than Monday May 23, 2022, to the following email address. While the focus of the discussion document targets the definitions of HW and HRM, we also welcome other comments related to the XBR.

mt-tm@ec.gc.ca

Please type “Discussion document comments – XBR: Review of the definitions” in the subject line of your message.

Please note that ECCC recently initiated a consultation on proposed amendments to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (the Basel Convention). Amendments to the Basel Convention, if adopted, and if accepted by Canada, could impact the XBR as these regulations contribute to Canada’s ability to meet its obligations under international agreements, such as the Basel Convention.

Environment and Climate Change Canada welcomes the further distribution of this notice.

Regards,

Astrid Télasco
Director
Waste Reduction and Management Division
Plastics and Waste Management Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada