ECCC reminds of export controls on waste

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) would like to remind all exporters of controls and permit requirements that can apply to exports of plastic, paper and metal scrap/ waste from Canada to many countries. Canada implements its responsibilities for various International Agreements on waste through the Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations (XBR). It is important to note that the definition of a hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material in the XBR captures many scrap/ waste commodities that are not commonly considered hazardous in Canada.  Scrap plastic, paper, and metal shipments moving between Canada and the USA, are only considered hazardous if they exhibit hazardous properties or contain hazardous materials. However, wastes controlled by the Basel Convention that transit through the USA to a Basel Convention Party are subject to export permit requirements. For more information please visit the ECCC website on the XBR at

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