The ChemTRAC Program is an annual environmental reporting program requiring Toronto businesses to report their use and release of 25 priority chemical compounds if they meet certain thresholds. The rationale is to encourage reporting from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)that do not currently satisfy federal or provincial reporting thresholds. A facility must report any amount equal to or above the threshold level for the chemicals as set out in the bylaw.It is estimated that between 5,000 to 7,000 Toronto business will have to report their use and release of these chemicals as required by the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 423). ChemTRAC reporting came into effect in January 2010, with all sectors phased-in by January 2012 unless specifically exempt.Annual ChemTRAC reporting data will be made public following a review by Toronto Public Health.
What is the ChemTRAC Toolkit?
This toolkit it specifically designed to help SMEs track and report the chemicals they use and release to the City of Toronto's ChemTRAC program. To work well, the toolkit requires businesses to take overall responsibility for the chemicals they purchase and use. GreenTbiz, has developed a ChemTRAC educational and support program for SMEs. As part of the program, greenTbiz has developed the toolkit to enhance the compliance of the bylaw by the SME sector.The toolkit complements the more extensive guidance document Guide to Reporting(PDF),provided by the City of Toronto. It is recommended that you review the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw. You can find a copy of the bylaw in Appendix B of the Toolkit.
Why use the Toolkit?
The toolkit provides step by step guidelines to help your business stay within governmental compliance. The following benefits may be realized through utilization of this toolkit:
- Reduced worker exposure to toxics
- Lower material feed costs
- Lower waste disposal costs
- Green your products - satisfy consumer demand and gain a competitive advantage
- May reduce uses to less than reporting thresholds, further saving time and resources
Access and learn more about the Toolkit here: http://greentbiz.org/programs/chemtrac/