The plan outlined in the discussion paper is a national version of the environmental management system for end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) that was presented at the Ontario legislature last week. Read our report on that press conference here.

In the discussion paper, ARC notes that ELV processing represents one of the largest recycling sectors in Canada with about 1.2 million retired vehicles recycled each year. However, there are currently no common processing standards for ELVs, which creates substantial environmental risks.

Without an enforceable environmental standard, ARC warns, businesses are free to process ELVs with no regard for the environment and the proper handling of ozone depleting substances (ODS). Without a national standard, “Businesses that are currently complying with existing environmental standards will face additional obligations and businesses that are currently profiting from pollution will continue to be ignored,” states ARC.