After years of effort by Ontario's mainstream auto recyclers, in
cooperation with automobile manufacturers, the Ministry of the
Environment is getting close to a permit-by-rule system for
recycling end of life vehicles. Given the elaborate market that
already exists for vehicle recycling, this is far better than the
MOE's standard "extended producer responsibility"
model for these vehicles.
The Ministry of the Environment has long struggled to provide
appropriate oversight of scrapyards, and vehicle recyclers of all
sizes. Most are now exempt from regulation as "waste disposal
sites" under the Environmental Protection Act, leaving a big
Now, "the Ministry of the Environment is seeking input on a
technical discussion paper that proposes
regulatory changes that would apply new environmental standards to
end-of-life vehicle (ELV) processing. The paper proposes the
Requiring all ELVs to have contaminants removed (depolluted)
prior to crushing or shredding
Requiring any shipment of depolluted ELVs from an ELV
processing site be accompanied by a notice confirming
Requiring eligible ELV processing sites to register on the
Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)
Clarifying the application of the "derelict motor vehicle
site" exemption in Regulation 347 under the Environmental
Requiring site environmental management for the storage of
waste, maintenance of equipment, mitigation of emissions and staff
A phased implementation over 2 years to provide time for the
sector to adapt to the new requirements
Purpose of Policy:
The recycling of vehicles is a significant waste diversion
activity in Ontario with approximately 600,000 vehicles recycled
annually in the province. While a number of ELV processing
facilities adhere to industry-led standards and already operate in
an environmentally protective manner, there are currently no
regulatory requirements for the safe removal and management of
contaminants from ELVs. At the same time, past compliance
activities undertaken by the Ministry of the Environment have
identified environmental concerns pertaining to improper waste
management (from the operation of ELV sites or at ELV sites).
Bringing forward mandatory regulatory requirements would ensure
that environmental management is happening across the whole ELV
The proposed approach, described in the attached technical
discussion paper, is to bring forward a range of policy changes
that would impose recycling standards in a way that aligns with the
Ministry of the Environment's approvals modernization agenda.
For example, persons operating ELV facilities would be required to
register the activity in the Environmental Activity and Sector
Registry through an efficient electronic registration process.
Requirements would be imposed on those engaging in such activities
through regulation so that consistent standards are applicable to
the sector. The proposal also takes into account the fact that some
sites may need time to modify their facility operations to meet the
new standards. To facilitate the transition to new standards, a
phased implementation is proposed over a two year period.
If implemented, the Ministry of the Environment would enforce
compliance through a risk-based approach in consideration of the
proposed phasing of requirements. As with other activities
registered in EASR, ELV processing facilities would also be
included on the Ministry's Access Environment website which
would provide information to the public about the operations
registered in their community (see link under Additional
Ontario's Draft Waste Reduction Strategy (see EBR #
011-9262, link under Additional Information) sets out the
province's proposed road map for removing the current barriers
to increasing diversion, and harnessing the environmental and
economic value of waste. One action identified in the Strategy is
to develop recycling standards for end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) so
that this important waste diversion activity is done in a manner
that protects the environment.
This proposal has been posted for a 60 day public review and
comment period starting February 05, 2014.
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