What are Hazardous Wastes?
Hazardous wastes are those wastes which, due to their nature and
quantity, are potentially hazardous to human health and the
environment. As a rule, hazardous wastes require special handling,
labelling, storage, transportation and disposal techniques to
eliminate or reduce the hazard.
Generated primarily as the by-product of industrial and
manufacturing processes, hazardous wastes are also produced via
commercial, medical and government activities.
Used motor oil, acids, waste pesticides, biomedical &
radiological wastes, PCBs, solvents, metals and asbestos are common
examples of hazardous wastes. Even chemicals and cleaning products
with an expired "best before" date, can be classified as
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IOC, Russia urged to investigate Sochi waste-dumping
Construction waste could be polluting water supply in city
hosting 'zero waste' Winter Games, AP report says
CBC NEWS, OCTOBER 31, 2013 - Senior members
of the International Olympic Committee have urged the Olympic body
and Russian authorities to investigate the dumping of construction
waste that has raised concerns of possible contamination of the
water supply in the Winter Games host city of Sochi.
Federal government orders new test to increase safety in oil transportation
COS, OCTOBER 18, 2013 - The federal government
has issued a "protective direction" requiring any person who
imports or transports crude oil to conduct classification tests on
New Westminster construction waste recycler nets $57,000 WorkSafe fine
NEW WESTMINSTER NEWS LEADER, SEPTEMBER 6,
2013 - A New Westminster construction waste
facility's failure to adequately protect workers from asbestos
exposure has netted Harvest Power BC the largest penalty in a
recent list released by WorkSafeBC. Full Article
$150,000 Fine And Jail For Illegal Non-Hazardous Waste Dumping
MONDAQ, JULY 22, 2013 - Penalties for
environmental offences continue to rise. North Shore Express Ltd
was fined $150,000 and its owner sentenced to 30 days in jail and
two years' probation for depositing non-hazardous sludge contrary
to the terms of its environmental compliance approval.
Divided industry duels over future of Metro Vancouver recycling
SURREY-NORTH DELTA LEADER, JUNE 10, 2013 -
Several recycling businesses are urging Metro Vancouver to stand
firm and refuse to allow a new mechanized garbage-sorting plant to
open in the region. Full Article
Wal-Mart pleads guilty in U.S. hazardous waste cases, to pay $82 million
REUTERS, MAY 28, 2013 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on
Tuesday said it would pay nearly $81.63 million to the federal
government as it pleaded guilty to charges that it improperly
discarded hazardous waste such as bleach and fertilizer years
The U.S. Department of Justice said that in cases filed by
federal prosecutors in California, Wal-Mart pleaded guilty to six
counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and
disposing of hazardous materials at U.S. stores.
The world's largest retailer also pleaded guilty in Kansas City,
Missouri to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides
that had been returned by customers, the Justice Department said in
Jail time possible for repeat asbestos violations
WorkSafeBC will ask B.C. Supreme Court for contempt of court
charge against companies
VANCOUVER SUN, May 8, 2013 - WorkSafeBC will ask
the court for stronger action against a Lower Mainland asbestos
removal contractor that could result in rare jail time for exposing
workers to health risks.
Toxco Waste Management Ltd. Fined $17,500 for Importing Hazardous Recyclable Material
ROSSLAND, BC, April 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Toxco
Waste Management Ltd., of Trail, B.C., was ordered to pay $17,500
to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) in the Provincial Court of
British Columbia after pleading guilty to importing waste lithium
batteries exceeding the quantity set out in the import permit. This
action contravened the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and
Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) of the
Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999).
Surrey recycling firm charged with exporting hazardous waste
CBC NEWS, March 25, 2013 - A recycling company
in Surrey, B.C., has been charged with exporting hazardous waste
overseas for allegedly sending recycled batteries and cathode ray
tubes to Macau without a permit.
Asbestos safety often ignored in B.C.
WorkSafeBC writes up hundreds of violations of asbestos
safety rules every year; one company has been given $280,000 in
VANCOUVER SUN, February 25, 2013 - WorkSafeBC
writes hundreds of violations a year against contractors who fail
to protect workers from exposure to cancer-causing asbestos
DOT Launches Free App Featuring Emergency Response Guidebook Delivers Hazmat Safety Info into the Hands of Emergency Responders
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline
and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today
announced a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response
Guidebook 2012 (ERG). The new safety tool will provide the nation's
emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to
help them manage hazardous material incidents. Read More...
New Lithium Battery Regulations Will Present Shippers with Challenges in 2013 Additional Training may be required
One of the most noteworthy changes, of the 2013
International Air Regulations, is the new various packing
instructions for lithium ion and metal batteries and
cells. Read More...
Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Inspections A Must if You Are Renovating
WorkSafeBC requires a hazardous materials inspection for any
worksite to determine the presence of asbestos containing materials
(ACM), and many municipalities now require a complete inventory of
hazardous materials present in a building before issuing a permit
to renovate or demolish the premises. Some of these hazardous
materials are asbestos, lead (in paint, plumbing, stained glass),
mercury (in thermostats and fluorescent light bulbs), PCBs (in
fluorescent light ballasts) and ODSs (ozone depleting substances
such as freon, a refrigerant used in air conditioners). Read More...
What to do if you find tsunami debris Guidelines from the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment
Every year, marine debris from a number of sources washes up on
coastlines around the world. Along with impacting tens of thousands
of lives, the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March
2011 also washed debris into the Pacific Ocean.
Legislation gives first responders peace of mind Emergency workers will be able to access information about potential disease exposure
Emergency workers will be able to access information about
potential disease exposure with legislation introduced today by the
Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour, Citizens'
Services and Open Government. Read More...
AMS/WASTE and COORS Databases Information Now Available Free of Charge
The BC Minisitry of the Environment has recently made some
changes to provide the information free of charge in the AMS/WASTE
and CCORs databases. Previously, searches for information in these
databases could only be requested by submitting a Site
Information Request Application.
WorkSafeBC exec says asbestos disease still top concern for B.C. workers Effects of asbestos exposure still a problem for workers
The effects of long years of exposure to asbestos is still one
of the biggest challenges faced by British Columbia's workers
today, and it is expected to continue to be a problem in this
This was according to Donna Wilson, vice-president for
industrial service and sustainability for WorkSafeBC, the
province's workers' compensation board. Read More...