Environmental Approvals

Hazardous Waste Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are hazardous wastes?

Many hazardous wastes are waste materials from the use of familiar products that households and businesses use every day. Hazardous waste can be waste paint, paint thinners, used oil, batteries, and cleaning chemicals, among many others. With certain exceptions, hazardous waste may be described in general as ‘waste dangerous goods’. If a generator first checks whether the material is specifically listed as a dangerous good in the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations or notices that the product has the dangerous goods safety marks [labels] on the packaging, the waste product is more than likely a hazardous waste. Section 2 of the Hazardous Waste Regulation M.R. 195/2015 specifies the criteria for hazardous waste identification in Manitoba.

2. Is used oil a hazardous waste?

Yes. Used oil is included in Schedule A of the Hazardous Waste Regulation and identified as hazardous waste. Used oil is assigned with the Provincial Waste Code: MHW1.

3. Are used oil filters classified as hazardous waste?

Yes. Used oil filters are included in Schedule A of the Hazardous Waste Regulation and identified as hazardous waste. However, used oil filters that have been drained for 24 hours and crushed to a minimum of 75% volume compaction are not considered to be hazardous waste in Manitoba. Used oil is filters are assigned with the Provincial Waste Code: MHW2.

4. Are waste wood products that have been treated with wood preservative hazardous wastes?

These waste wood products are not to be considered as hazardous waste if they have been treated with a wood preservative or wood protection product registered under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada).

5. Is petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil a hazardous waste in Manitoba?

Petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated soil is not a hazardous waste if it meets the requirements specified in sub section 2(2) (d) and (e) of the Hazardous Waste Regulation.

6. Are biomedical waste sharps regulated as hazardous waste under the Hazardous Waste regulation?

Sharps including needles, syringes, blades, lancets or laboratory glass capable of causing punctures or cuts are regulated as hazardous wastes if they show the characteristics of a hazardous waste. Most commonly, sharps are identified as “infectious waste” (Class 6.2) if originating from a hospital or Doctor’s office and also in some cases as “toxic” (Class 6.1) if involved in the administration of Cytotoxic drugs.

Generator / consignor is responsible for determining whether or not sharps contain infectious materials. This decision can be made by the generator in consultation with medical doctor, veterinarian, pathologist, nurse, coroner or a laboratory technologist.

7. What do the letters "N.O.S." mean?

N.O.S. means "Not Otherwise Specified". For example, even though gasoline is a flammable liquid, the shipping name "FLAMMABLE LIQUID, N.O.S." cannot be used because gasoline is otherwise specified.

8. At what point is a company required to register as a hazardous waste generator?

In accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulation, a generator of hazardous waste must register and receive a registration number when:

  1. the quantity of hazardous waste generated in a month is equal to or greater than the  Registerable Quantity specified in the Schedule F of the Regulation; or
  2. hazardous waste in quantities greater than 5 L or 5 kg (or 500 g of PCB mixture) is to be removed from the premises where it was generated; or
  3. hazardous waste in quantities equal to or greater than the amount specified in Schedule G of the Regulation is to be removed from the premises where it was generated; or
  4. store or provide storage facilities for hazardous waste generated by another person.

9. How do I apply for a Manitoba generator number (MBG no.) for hazardous waste?

You must register as a hazardous waste generator by submitting a completed Hazardous Waste Registration Form to Manitoba Sustainable Development at the following address:

Hazardous Waste Program
Environmental Approvals Branch
Manitoba Sustainable Development
1007 Century Street
Winnipeg MB, R3H 0W4

A hazardous waste generator number (Provincial ID No.) will then be issued to the generating company.

10. Is there an application fee to apply for a generator or carrier registration number?

No.

11. Do I have to register for a one-time generation of hazardous waste?

Yes, registration is required for a one-time generation of a regulated quantity of hazardous waste.

12. If our company moves to a new location, can we continue to use the registration number that was issued for our former location?

No. The hazardous waste registration numbers are site specific (as well as company specific) and so a Hazardous Waste Registration Form must be completed for the new location in order for a hazardous waste registration number to be assigned to the new location.

13. Can a company use the same generator number if it generates and ships hazardous waste from more than one location in Manitoba?

No. As noted above, the generator numbers are site specific and so a separate generator number is required for each location; hence, a Hazardous Waste Registration Form should be completed for each location.

14. Is there a requirement to renew the hazardous waste generator registration on a regular frequency such as annually?

No. There is no such requirement. However, if there are changes to the information provided in the past, in accordance with sub sections 4(5) and 4(6) of the Hazardous Waste Regulation, the registrant must file an amended registration form. Same form that is used for the initial registration (Hazardous Waste Registration Form) is used to amend the registration.

15. Who should I contact to find out if my company has a Manitoba hazardous waste generator registration number?

You may contact the Hazardous Waste Program at 204-945-7086. Please provide both the company name and the physical site location of the operation.

16. Does Manitoba Sustainable Development issue generator numbers to out-of-province companies that send hazardous waste to facilities in Manitoba?

No. Manitoba accepts out-of-province generator numbers for hazardous waste shipments to Manitoba. Out-of-province generators must obtain a generator number from the appropriate authority in their own Province/Territory.

17. Are hazardous waste storage requirements applicable to my operation?

Hazardous waste generators must comply with Hazardous waste storage requirements. However, these requirements do not apply

  1. to the operator of a licensed hazardous waste disposal facility;
  2. to the storage of PCB waste; or
  3. to the storage of petroleum or allied petroleum products under the Storage and Handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulation, Manitoba Regulation 188/2001.

18. What amount of hazardous waste is considered to be a regulated amount during transport?

Regulated amount is 5kg of solid hazardous waste or 5L of liquid hazardous waste or liquid or solid hazardous waste that contains 500 g of PCB mixture. In addition, hazardous wastes listed in Schedule G of the Hazardous Waste Regulation in an applicable quantity set out in Column 2 of that schedule.

There are, however, certain exemptions from the hazardous waste requirements. For example, there is an exemption for the transportation of hazardous waste from the scene of an environmental accident provided that it is in compliance with the instructions of an environment officer or inspector.

19. How do I apply for a Manitoba carrier number (MBC no.) for hazardous waste?

You must submit an Application for a Licence to Transport Hazardous Waste to Manitoba Sustainable Development in accordance with requirements in the Hazardous Waste Regulation. There is no fee for the hazardous waste transporter licence but specific supporting information and documents must accompany the application form. When the licence is issued, a Manitoba carrier number will be provided to the licensee.

20. Does Manitoba Conservation issue hazardous waste carrier numbers to out-of-province companies that transport hazardous waste in Manitoba?

The Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act recognizes hazardous waste transporter licences issued by other provinces. Hence, a Manitoba carrier number is not required if an out-of-province carrier is only transporting hazardous waste through Manitoba between other jurisdictions; in that case the carrier number, that is issued by the province wherein the carrier is based, is accepted in Manitoba. However, the recommended procedure is that an out-of-province carrier should apply for a Manitoba carrier number (i.e. submit to Manitoba Sustainable Development an application for a licence to transport hazardous waste) if the carrier intends to pick up hazardous waste from generators in Manitoba or transport hazardous waste to receivers in Manitoba.

21. How do I apply for a Manitoba receiver number (MBR no.) for hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste in Manitoba must be disposed of at a licensed facility or in a manner approved by Manitoba Sustainable Development. Any collection facility that receives hazardous waste from off-site must be licensed or approved in accordance with The Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act. The applicant must submit a completed Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act Application Form, along with supporting information, to Manitoba Sustainable Development at the following address:

Director
Environmental Approvals Branch
Manitoba Sustainable Development
2nd floor 123 Main Street (Box 80)
Winnipeg MB  R3C 1A5

A receiver number is assigned to the facility when the licence is issued.

22. What is a hazardous waste movement document?

The hazardous waste movement document, which is also known as the manifest, is a special shipping document for hazardous waste. Each movement document has a unique reference number and is comprised of six copies. This document is used for tracking the movement of hazardous waste from the generation site to the location where it is received for disposal. The generator, carrier and receiver of the waste are each required to complete specific parts of the document.

23. Where can I obtain the hazardous waste movement document?

Hazardous waste movement document forms may be purchased from:

Geo Manitoba (Canada Map Sales)
Manitoba Sustainable Development
1007 Century Street, Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4
Tel: (204) 945-6666
Toll free: 1-877-627-7226
Fax: 204-945-1365
Email: mapsales@gov.mb.ca
http://www.canadamapsales.com/en/index.html

24. I am a registered hazardous waste generator. Do I need to send copy 1 of the movement document to the department when the hazardous waste was accepted by the carrier for shipment?

No. You as a registered generator need not send copy 1 of the movement document to the Department. Instead, you will retain this copy for at least two years.

25. My company is a registered hazardous waste receiver (having a licence to operate a hazardous waste disposal facility). Do I need to send copy 3 of the movement document to the department when the hazardous waste was accepted from the carrier?

No. You as a registered receiver need not send copy 3 of the movement document to the Department. Instead, you will retain this copy for at least two years.

26. What is a Waste Multiple Pickup Record?

A Waste Multiple Pickup Record is required when a carrier is transporting hazardous waste from more than one consignor and using the same Movement Document to record the hazardous waste received from all consignors. A carrier must use the approved Waste Multiple Pickup Record form (see link below) to record information.

27. What is an Annual Hazardous Waste Receiver Reporting Form?

A licensed hazardous waste disposal facility that receives hazardous waste from offsite must submit to the Director an annual hazardous waste receiver report respecting the hazardous waste received by the facility each year and the manner in which the waste was treated or disposed.

The annual report is submitted on a form or format approved or acceptable to the Director. The Report is due to the Director, Environmental Approvals, Manitoba Sustainable Development by March 31 of each year following the year being reported. Please use the report table (see link below) to provide the information or create your own table using this format to submit the report.

28. What if the waste I generate does not meet the hazardous waste criteria in Manitoba, but cannot be disposed of via the sewer for liquids or landfill for solids because the contaminant exceeds limits in other legislation such as a municipal by-law or exceeds the limits in the licence for a disposal facility or is restricted by other disposal requirements?

This is a common occurrence as requirements become more stringent on waste disposal practices in order to protect municipal infrastructure and prevent contamination to sensitive environmental receptors, such as ground and surface waters. In this case, the only available option (even though the waste might not be regulated as a hazardous waste in terms of Manitoba's hazardous waste criteria) may be to arrange for the disposal of the waste by a hazardous waste management company that has an avenue for proper disposal.