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Hazardous Waste

All regulated hazardous waste, as defined by the Ministry of Environment (MOE), must be disposed of at an approved facility. All movement, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste must follow MOE guidelines and be accompanied by MOE-approved waste manifest documentation.

Airport Authority pre-qualified abatement contractors must provide the Airport Authority representative environmental consultant with copy 2 (green) of all MOE waste manifests upon request.

A “leachable toxic waste” is defined in the BC Hazardous Waste Regulation as a waste that produces an extract with a lead concentration greater than 5 mg/L, when subjected to the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP). TCLP samples are to be collected as necessary by the Airport Authority representative environmental consultant.

When lead concentrations exceed 5 mg/L, the lead-containing waste is characterized as “regulated hazardous waste” and must be disposed of as such. If a prime contractor is dealing with lead-containing materials directly (and there is no Airport Authority pre-qualified abatement contractor involved), waste manifest documentation must be submitted to the Health & Safety BREHMP administrator.

It is possible that material that contains lead in concentrations over 90 mg/kg does not exceed the 5 mg/L lead concentration extract and is therefore not considered regulated hazardous waste. Prior to disposal, TCLP sampling should be performed to determine how to properly dispose of the waste.

When disposing of drywall from an area where there is no known ACM (International Terminal Building and Transborder), bulk asbestos sampling results may still need to be presented at the time of disposal for the waste to be accepted by an approved facility.