To protect the environment and the wastewater system, hospitals are required to develop pollution prevention plans to reduce the discharge of pollutants into the wastewater system. Hospitals have the potential to discharge pollutants in their daily operations, such as pharmaceuticals, formalin and biomedical waste, that can negatively impact the wastewater system or water quality.
Submit a plan or progress report
What hospitals does the bylaw apply to?
The bylaw applies to hospitals that are:
- Located in Metro Vancouver (within the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District)
- Included in Definition 1 a) of the
Hospital Act (see list below)
- Considered to be high-volume dischargers (releasing greater than 300 m3 of wastewater into the sewer system in a 30-day period)
The bylaw applies to the following institutions:
|Vancouver Coastal Health
| Fraser Health
- Lions Gate Hospital
- Richmond Hospital
- UBC Health Sciences Centre Hospital
- Vancouver General Hospital
- Burnaby Hospital
- Delta Hospital
- Eagle Ridge Hospital
- Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre
- Langley Memorial Hospital
- Peace Arch District Hospital
- Ridge Meadows Hospital
- Royal Columbian Hospital
- Surrey Memorial Hospital
|Providence Health Care
| Provincial Health Services Authority
- Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
- St. Paul's Hospital
- B.C. Cancer Agency – Vancouver
- B.C. Cancer Agency – Surrey
- British Columbia's Children's Hospital & B.C. Women's Hospital
The bylaw does not apply to:
- Private hospitals and smaller acute care facilities. These include nursing or convalescing homes, rehabilitation centres, and extended care facilities.
Main bylaw requirements
The main bylaw requirements are:
- Develop a pollution prevention plan and submit it to Metro Vancouver for approval. The first plans were due in 2020.
- Update the pollution prevention plan every five years.
- Submit an annual progress report.
- Pay an annual administration fee of $5,000 or a reduced fee if certain conditions are met.