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17.09.2013, 22:52

CEC launches Hazardous Waste Online Trainer in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin

Author: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Wondering how trade in hazardous waste is controlled in North America?

Montreal, 17 September 2013 — To provide a "one-stop shop" for companies around the world to better understand the “do’s and don’ts” and paperwork requirements in our region, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has launched a multilingual online trainer on hazardous waste management at

Every year, North American industries and their trade partners import or export thousands of tons of hazardous wastes and hazardous recyclable materials as a result of production processes in our shared region. If not handled properly, hazardous waste can pose substantial threats to public health or the environment.  Environmentally sound management is a key tool to safeguarding health and the environment and also to comply with multiple domestic laws and international agreements in North America.

This easy-to-use trainer explains what can be considered hazardous waste (battery waste, spent solvents, etc.), to which international agreements apply in North America, and outlines environmental import and export requirements for each of the three North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signatories: Canada, Mexico and the United States. Each module concludes with a “Knowledge Check” to test the student’s grasp of the information.
The Council of the CEC mandated the preparation of this trainer in 2011 in order to inform the North American public and trading partners about laws and regulations applicable to transboundary movements of hazardous wastes. The goal is to improve compliance with regulations before and after these hazardous products arrive at North American ports of entry.
Developing this important tool was made possible thanks to the collaborative work of the North American Working group for Environmental Enforcement and Compliance Cooperation.
Moving forward, the CEC Council announced on 11 July 2013, at its annual meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, that for 2013-14 the Commission will continue its work addressing waste in trade in North America. The three countries will target illegal trade across North America in environmentally regulated materials, including e-waste, hazardous waste (e.g., spent lead-acid batteries), ozone-depleting substances, and non-compliant motorcycles.

CEC initiatives are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment, the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Government of the United States of Mexico, through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
393, rue St-Jacques Ouest, Bureau 200
Montréal (Québec) Canada H2Y 1N9
Tel: (514) 350-4300; Fax: (514) 350-4314
E-mail: [email protected]

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