Hazardous Waste Regulation

For the purpose of this guidebook, the average vehicle dismantler is not considered hazardous waste facilities as defined by the Hazardous Waste Regulation (HWR) and as such are exempt from Parts 2 and 3 and Division 1 of Part 4 of the HWR.  Vehicle dismantlers are not considered hazardous waste facilities because:

  • they are not processing hazardous waste;
  • the hazardous wastes are normally contained in the wet vehicle; and,
  • they are passively storing the hazardous waste until transportation.

Vehicle dismantlers are defined by the HWR as short-term storage facilities and as such maybe required to meet various registration, storage, transportation and runoff requirements for hazardous waste as outlined in the HWR.  Those requirements are summarized below:

REGISTRATION:  Vehicle dismantlers generating hazardous waste, in an average 30-day period, above the thresholds listed in Table 1 must register with the Ministry of Environment and obtain a Consignor Identification Number.  Vehicle dismantlers generating less hazardous waste in an average 30-day period are not required to register with the Ministry of Environment.

STORAGE:  Vehicle dismantlers storing more than the quantity of hazardous waste set out in Table 1, at any time, are required to meet the operational requirements of Section 16 of the HWR.  Vehicle dismantlers storing less than the quantities set out in Table 1 are not required to meet the operational requirements of Section 16.
Table 1:  Registration Quantities and Storage Thresholds for 
Short Term Storage Facilities  
(from Column II of Schedule 6 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation)

Hazardous Waste    30-Day Generator or
Storage Quantity    (L or kg)
Waste Oil    5,000
Antifreeze    500
Mercury containing waste    5
Fuels    500
Lead Acid Batteries    2,000

TRANSPORTATION:  All vehicle dismantlers must not offer for transport hazardous waste in quantities that exceed the thresholds in Table 2 unless they are manifested and the Ministry of Environment licenses the transporter.  Further, all hazardous wastes must be sent to an authorized hazardous waste facility for processing.

Table 2:  Manifest and Transportation Thresholds for Hazardous Wastes

Hazardous Waste    
Transportation and Manifest Quantity (L or kg)
Waste Oil    210
Antifreeze    5
Mercury    5
Waste Fuel (Stale Gas)    5
Lead Acid Batteries    1,000
Contaminated Solids    5

RUNOFF:  All vehicle dismantlers with oil/water separators or surface runoff are required to meet the requirements of Section 17 of the HWR and the Effluent Standards from Schedule 1.2 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation.  The effluent standards of the HWR are summarized in Table 3.
Table 3:  Selected Effluent Standards for Parameters from Schedule 1.2 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation


 Discharge to Environment or

Storm Drain*

 Discharge to

Sanitary Sewer*

Total Suspended Solids  20  -  
Toxicity** 100% Effluent   50% Effluent
Aluminum, dissolved  0.5 2.0 
Copper, dissolved  0.1  0.2
Lead, dissolved  0.1  0.2
Mercury, total 0.001  0.01 
Zinc, dissolved  0.2  0.5
BOD 20   -
Oil and Grease  10  60

*  Maximum concentration in (mg/L) unless otherwise specified.
**  96-hr LC50 bioassay with 50% survival of rainbow trout after 96 hours.
Note: Regional District requirements may be more restrictive.