Sustainable Practices in Explosives Packaging – State of Industry

Solicitation number T8080-220264

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Closing date and time 2023/01/17 14:00 EST

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    As part of Transport Canada’s (TC) objective to have a safe and sustainable transportation system, the Scientific Research team in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate (TDG) is undertaking a project to gather information that can help to identify more sustainable practices for explosives packaging, with particular focus on single use fibreboard boxes and single use plastic bags used in the transportation of industrial explosives (i.e. Type I and E). This information will help TC assess any potential barriers to environmental sustainability in the current TDG and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) regulatory requirements for explosives packaging.

    TDG’s general understanding of existing practices is that these packagings are disposed of in a burn pit. In consultation with producers, there have been several initiatives to divert explosive packagings from burn pits however there have been many obstacles and no generally accepted practices.

    The objective of this project is to develop or identify more sustainable practices for explosives packaging, particularly fibreboard boxes while maintaining an adequate level of safety. With the TC objective of having a sustainable transportation system as well as the overall priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there is interest in determining if there are more sustainable methods for use, reuse, and disposal (including recycling) of these means of containment (MOCs).

    In addition, there is little information regarding the disposal requirements, quantities of MOCs (i.e. containers, packaging), and current practices by users.

    The main objectives for the first phase of this work are for TC are to:

    • Gain a better understanding of the regulatory requirements related to disposal and reuse of explosives packaging and any potential barriers to reuse or recycling
    • Gain a better understanding of industry restrictions and best practices
    • Determine the quantity and type of MOCs being used for explosives packaging in Canada
    • Determine current disposal practices by users
    • Of particular interest to TC are the industrial explosives Type I and E.

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    Trade agreements

    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    • Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

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    Transport Canada
    330 Sparks St
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5
    Contracting authority
    Blackstein, Natasha
    275 SparksOttawa ONK1A 0N5CA

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    Transport Canada
    330 Sparks St
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N5
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    Region(s) of delivery
    National Capital Region (NCR)
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