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  Code of Practice Program

The City of Hamilton’s Codes of Practices Program outline requirements for an industrial, commercial or institutional sector to undertake as a requirement for discharge to the sewer. These Codes of Practice can be thought of as best management practices with respect to sewer discharges. Once implemented, The City of Hamilton’s Codes of Practice will reduce the pollutant loads to the sewers. These Codes of Practice are also educational tools used to help specific sector avoid or minimize the creation of pollutants as well as helping business stay in compliance with the City of Hamilton’s Sewer Use By-law. The Codes of Practice are prescriptive in terms of equipment, practices and other measures required.


Carpet Cleaning Operations

Carpet cleaning operations can discharge contaminating solids, heavy metals and solvents into the waste stream and cause sewer blockages, contamination of sludge and biosolids and stormwater contamination. Follow the Code of Practice for Carpet Cleaning Operations and help protect our environment.


Carpet Cleaning Operations Code of Practice Summary
 


Dental Operations

Although the volume of wastewater materials discharged from an individual dental office may be small, the cumulative amount of waste from all dental offices in the City has the potential to harm waterways, affect treatment facilities and biosolid usability. The Code of Practice for Dental Operations is easy to follow and can help you prevent contaminants from entering stormwater and sanitary drains.

Dental Operations Code of Practice Summary


Dry Cleaning Operations

Dry cleaning, which uses tetrachloroethylene (PERC), has a code of practice which helps with the management of this chemical. PERC can be harmful to both human health and the environment. Follow the code of practice to protect everyone's health.

Dry Cleaning Operations Code of Practice Summary


Fermentation Operations

Fermentation operations can emit high or low pH wastewater which may corrode pipes and sewer lines. Fermentation operations also have the potential to discharge contaminated solids that could affect the sanitary drains and the wastewater treatment facilities. Learn how to properly recycle and dispose of fermentation wastes and keep the environment healthy. 


Fermentation Operations Code of Practice Summary


Laboratory Operations

Laboratory wastewater can contain metals, solvents, fixatives, reagents and pH imbalances. It's important that operators ensure contaminated wastewater doesn't enter our sewer pipes. Learn more about the laboratory code of practice.

Laboratory Operations Code of Practice Summary



Mobile Food Vendors

Although the volumes of waste produced from mobile food vendors are very small, the cumulative amount of waste from all mobile food vendors throughout the City has the potential to harm the City’s waterways. As most mobile food vendors are not connected to the sanitary sewer system their waste has the potential to be discharged directly into the storm or combined sewer system located near their property. This waste then has the potential to be discharge directly into the City’s waterways without treatment. Learn more about the mobile food vendor code of practice.

Mobile Food Vendors Code of Practice Summary



Photographic Imaging Operations

Photographic processors using traditional methods use silver for film development, a metal which can be harmful to the environment. Learn proper storage and disposal methods for silver and other chemicals associated with film in the Code of Practice.

Photographic Imaging Operations Code of Practice Summary


Printing Operations

Printing facilities can produce wastewater that contains solvents, heavy metals and pH imbalances. To protect our environment and human health, follow the Code of Practice for Printers.

Printing Operations Code of Practice Summary


Recreational Facilities

The chlorine from pool water in recreational facilities can cause harm to the natural environment. Ice rink solids and paints can also discolour local streams. The Code of Practice for these facilities details how to properly dispose of chemicals and solids.

Recreational Facilities Code of Practice Summary


Vehicle Service Operations

Vehicle Service Operations contaminants can include heavy metals and petroleum products, which can be toxic to our environment and damage sewers, sewer pumps and contaminate biosolids. Learn how to properly dispose of these wastes

Vehicle Service Operations Code of Practice Summary


Vehicle Wash Operations

Vehicle wash facilities deal with a number of contaminants, including solids, heavy metals and petroleum products, all of which can cause damage to the natural environment. To protect ecosystem health, follow the Code of Practice for Vehicle Wash facilities.

Vehcile Wash Operations Code of Practice Summary


How Can I Get A Code of Practice Inspection Completed?

Please Contact the City of Hamilton’s Project Manager – Pollution Prevention to setup an inspection

(905)546-2424 Ext 5190

or

water@hamilton.ca

    
 

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Sewer Use By-law

Business Education Information & Outreach

Code of Practice Program

Fats, Oils and Grease Management Program

Residential Pollution Prevention Educational Program

Pollution Prevention Planning Program

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