Hazardous waste

Amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations - July 2015

Two amendments were made to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Canada) (TDGR) that will affect the form of the hazardous waste movement document (6 copy manifest) used by generators, carriers and receivers of hazardous waste.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has developed the following document to explain the changes:

What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is considered a dangerous contaminant when it is no longer being used for its intended purpose. These wastes have the potential to harm human health or the environment. They range from paints, oils and solvents to acids, heavy-metal containing sludges and pesticides.

Hazardous wastes must be handled or disposed of properly to prevent harm to human health and safety and to the environment.

The GNWT can provide advice and guidance on the proper way to manage, store and dispose of hazardous wastes.

Used oil and waste fuel burners

The GNWT is responsible for making sure used oil and fuel is managed in a consistent and environmentally sound manner.

Hazardous waste collection

The GNWT works with municipal and community government to hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection events in various Northwest Territories (NWT) communities. These collection events make sure hazardous waste is properly disposed of and does not enter community landfills. Items collected include fuels, solvents, paints, pesticides, fertilizers, batteries (of less than 1kg), household cleaners, aerosol cans, thermostats and other mercury items and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Municipal hazardous waste inventory

The Municipal Hazardous Waste Inventory is an inventory of the hazardous waste in Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tsiigehtchic, Tyktoyaktuk, and Uluhaktok. It includes estimates the cost of removal of the hazardous waste and transportation to a proper disposal facility. This is the first step towards removing hazardous waste from community landfills in the Inuvik region.

Mercury

An essential component of many lamps commonly used today, mercury can be a contaminant when not properly disposed of.

The Guide to Recycling Mercury-containing Lamps provides property managers, building maintenance staff, electrical contractors and anyone else handling mercury-containing lamps in the industrial, commercial or institutional sectors with clear advice and guidelines on the handling and disposal of these products.

Recycling Mercury-containing Lamps Poster is also available.

Household hazardous wastes

Products used in your home, workplace and places of leisure and recreation can contain hazardous substance. They can be flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic, and harmful to you and the environment if they are not handled properly.

Read the Household Hazardous Waste brochure has information on how to properly store, handle and dispose of household hazardous wastes.

Environmentally friendly household cleaners are homemade, alternative cleaners that are less toxic and just as effective as commercial cleaners. By using these cleaners, fewer harmful chemicals are flushed down drains and into our waterways. This is healthier for you and the environment.

Burning and demolition / Fire extinguisher training

Other guidance documents include the Burning and Demolition of Buildings and Fire Extinguisher Training position paper, which outlines how the demolition of buildings and fire extinguisher training must be conducted ensure public safety and protection of the environment.

Burning municipal solid waste

The Municipal Solid Wastes Suitable for Burning position paper outlines solid wastes suitable for burning, and conditions for burning at local landfills.