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Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous Waste

Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous materials move through our borders every day in the form of spent lead-acid batteries, ozone-depleting substances and many others. We work with industry and enforcement officials to raise the standard for hazardous waste management. We provide educational tools and facilitate collaboration between enforcement agencies, supporting North American commitments under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal.

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Tools and Resources

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CEC Training Materials on Environmentally Sound Management

ESM can be defined as taking all practicable steps to ensure that used and/or end-of-life products and wastes are managed in a manner that will protect human health and the environment.


Sound Management

2 pages July 16, 2019

Long-term Impact Assessment of the Sound Management of Hazardous Waste Work (1996–2014)

CEC’s work on hazardous waste management spanned 18 years and included the following initiatives: Training and consolidating...

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84 pages April 12, 2013

Hazardous Trade?

This report is an independent assessment by the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the environmental hazards...

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61 pages August 1, 2011

Crossing the Border

Opportunities to Improve Sound Management of Transboundary Hazardous Waste Shipments in North...

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60 pages November 29, 2007

Practices and Options for Environmentally Sound Management of Spent Lead-Acid Batteries Within North America

The Hazardous Waste Task Force within the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has selected spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) as a priority...

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4 pages September 1, 2007

Tracking Hazardous Waste

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is working on a project which will allow the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States...