This Standard defines those household wastes that present significant risks to humans or the environment when disposed of in one or more systems within the regular domestic waste stream.
This Standard can be used to
(a) guide product development
(b) develop communication programs to inform the public about which materials are HHW and how to dispose of them properly
(c) assist in the development and encouragement of product stewardship programs; and
(d) guide the collection and disposal of HHW. This Standard is based on commonly accepted practices, codes, standards, and regulations used in Canada.
This Standard is not wholly applicable in some cases where a waste management system fails to comply with minimum requirements of applicable standards or regulations.
This Standard does not
(a) provide disposal recommendations or specific labeling requirements regarding the categories of wastes it describes
(b) provide guidance on the packaging, use, or storage of domestic products within the household
(c) address waste management systems that are outside of the regular domestic waste stream (e.g., industry product stewardship programs, special household waste collection programs)
(d) cover occupational hazards associated with the management of materials in HHW programs
(e) specifically address the unauthorized or illegal disposal of materials (e.g., materials disposed of in municipal storm sewers); and
(f) cover substances that are used in occupational contexts.