Concrete and Concrete Products Industry Code
The Ministry of Environment has established a "code of practice"
(Minister's regulation) that addresses discharges to the environment
from the concrete and concrete products industry under provisions of
the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Waste
Discharge Regulation (WDR).
The concrete and concrete products industry includes operations
which manufacture ready mix and pre-formed concrete. The industry is
considered by the Ministry to be appropriate for management and
regulation under a code of practice. Although ready mix and
pre-formed concrete plant operations do not generally pose high
threats to the environment, there are a number of environmental
risks that may be realized if appropriate environmental management
practices are not followed, including contamination of ground and /
or surface water and air emissions of fine and / or coarse
The code of practice establishes province-wide standards for
waste discharge from the concrete and concrete products industry.
Operations included in the definition of "concrete and concrete
products industry" under WDR of EMA are required to comply with all
relevant provisions of EMA, WDR and the code. Specifically, EMA
prohibits the introduction of waste into the environment "in such a
manner or quantity as to cause pollution."
The code addresses air quality management, discharge of process
water and storm water and the management of waste solids — as well
as registration, monitoring, record keeping and enforcement.
Registration under this code of practice is
required as of March 01, 2008.
Code of Practice for the Concrete and Concrete
Products Industry (159 KB / 5 pages)