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Transporting Hazardous Waste from Prince Edward Island
LIKE ANY AREA OF of the industrialized world, Prince Edward Island produces dangerous or potentially hazardous waste. This material is usually shipped out of PEI on a regular basis. In 1998, there were 424 shipments sent across the Confederation Bridge to be either incinerated, landfilled, or recycled. These shipments totalled close to 490 metric tonnes and were composed of a variety of items.

The most common hazardous materials shipped out of Prince Edward Island include:

  • waste paint
  • tetrachloroethylene (used by dry cleaners)
  • flammable liquids
  • naptha petroleum
  • waste batteries
  • poisonous liquids
  • occasional PCBs and aerosols
  • infectious substances
  • corrosive liquids/solids
  • pesticides

Individuals or companies producing hazardous waste are known as the generators. When they need to dispose of hazardous material, they must contact a licenced hazardous waste disposal service to pick up the waste. The disposal company will ask the generator of the waste to contact the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Environment in order to obtain a generator number. This number is issued by the Department after the company completes a registration form. The number allows off-Island shipment to proceed and facilitates the tracking or manifesting of the hazardous waste. A computer record of each shipment is kept on file at the Department. This system provides an invaluable cargo inventory in case there is an accident during transit.

Drivers transporting dangerous material from the Island must have completed a special training course and successfully obtained a Transporting of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Certificate.

For more information on the proper disposal of hazardous materials, please call the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Environment at 368-5000.

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