Instrument Decision Bulletin - Stericycle, ULC

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Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
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Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
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The ministry issued Environmental Compliance Approval No. 8719-BNWR7F on May 20, 2020 for Stericycle, ULC, to establish four temporary transfer sites for temporary storage and transfer of biomedical waste in Cities of Mississauga, Hamilton, London and Ottawa.

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On  April 1, 2020, the Ontario Government made a temporary regulation to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ontario Regulation 115/20 exempted all proposals for policies, acts, regulations and instruments from posting requirements under the EBR.

Ontario Regulation 115/20 was revoked on June 15, 2020. However, we are posting this bulletin because the decision was an urgent, COVID-19-related decision, and was made May 20, 2020 while Ontario Regulation 115/20 was in effect. There was no consultation period for this notice.

Environmental protections continue to be a vital consideration in all government decision-making. We are committed to continuing public transparency and have posted this bulletin to inform the public about our decisions during this unprecedented emergency period.

Bulletin details

Ontario recognizes the impacts the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the regulated community and is taking necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians while ensuring continuity of important operations.

While environmental protection remains a priority, we recognize that in some cases temporary relief from certain regulatory deadlines and other requirements may be needed for some operations due to staff shortages or to support physical distancing.

At this time, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is providing flexibility on a case-by-case basis to waste management facilities to allow them to operate for longer hours or accept new types of waste.

Temporary relief measures have only been granted where the ministry is satisfied that protections for public health and the environment are maintained. These steps are temporary in nature and will only be taken during this unprecedented emergency period.

We are all working together to combat this outbreak and hope that normal business operations will resume as soon as possible.

To ensure public transparency on ministry decision making during this time, we will continue to post bulletin notices on the Environmental Registry with details on the relief provided until normal business operations resume.

Proponent Details:

Stericycle ULC, 1383 North Service Road East, Oakville, ON L6H 1A7

Location Details:

  • 7040 Davand Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
  • 428 Millen Rd. #23, Hamilton, Ontario
  • 15825 Robins Hill Rd., London, Ontario
  • 900-1101 Polytek St., Ottawa, Ontario

Decision Details:

On May 20, 2020, we granted temporary approval to Stericycle, ULC, to receive, store and transfer biomedical waste at four of their Shred-It facilities in Ontario. The temporary sites are being established as a contingency to ensure there is adequate storage for biomedical waste requiring processing or incineration at Stericycle’s Brampton facility. The four Shred-It facilities listed above have been identified by Stericycle, ULC, as suitable temporary contingency sites if the need arises.

Before establishing and operating the facilities, Stericycle, ULC, must first notify adjacent landowners and tenants, the appropriate local Public Health Unit, the appropriate regional Ministry of Labour office and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

All waste at the temporary sites will be managed in accordance with the ministry’s Guideline C-4: The Management of Biomedical Waste in Ontario. No containers will be opened, or any waste processed at any of the temporary sites.

Within 90 days of the end of the emergency order, the company will return all four sites to normal operations. This will give them time to properly ship the remaining biomedical waste that is stored at the sites.

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Third party appeal is not available for this notice.

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