Discussion paper on modernizing hazardous waste reporting in Ontario

ERO number
019-1760
Notice type
Policy
Act
Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
June 19, 2020 - August 18, 2020 (60 days) Open
Last updated

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
August 18, 2020

Proposal summary

We are seeking feedback on a discussion paper that outlines proposed changes to modernize and transition the delivery of hazardous waste digital reporting services to the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority. Your feedback will guide future regulatory and implementation changes to make reporting simpler, faster and more cost-effective.

Proposal details

We recently made changes to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA), and the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) to allow the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) to provide digital reporting services, fee setting and collection for a wider range of waste and resource recovery programs.

A new digital reporting service for the hazardous waste program, will save businesses time and money. This change will also help us to meet our goals to:

  • Go digital - Implementing a modern digital reporting service that replaces the existing paper-based manifest program will improve our existing service and knowledge base, making it easier to report subject waste (i.e. hazardous waste and liquid industrial waste as defined in Regulation 347) activities
  • Hold polluters accountable - Implementing a modern digital reporting service will allow for more effective and timely compliance monitoring and enforcement actions

Regulatory amendments are needed to allow RPRA to operate the new modern digital reporting service.

This proposal aligns with the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to continue to ensure the safe management of hazardous waste in Ontario. It also aligns with the Ontario Digital Service mandate to deliver simpler, faster and better services for businesses, and the government’s commitment to reduce red tape by removing costly, inefficient processes.

Purpose of Policy

The attached discussion paper outlines some proposed changes to Regulation 347 and the Registration Guidance Manual for Generators of Liquid Industrial and Hazardous Waste; as well as recommendations on a new regulation under the RRCEA.

We are also exploring some other changes related to:

  • registration & payment
  • tracking & reporting
  • transition planning that would support the implementation of digital reporting services

We’ve prepared this discussion paper to provide Ontarians with an opportunity to participate early in the development process. The feedback we receive will be used to inform regulatory and program changes that support the modernization of digital reporting services delivered by RPRA.

We are also looking to better understand the impacts of modernizing Hazardous Waste digital reporting services on businesses, so that we can ensure reporting is easier for everyone.

We are looking forward to hearing your feedback on these proposals.

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HWIN Modernization

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Office
Program Management Branch - Program Oversight
Address

40 St Clair Avenue West
4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M4V 1M2
Canada

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