CSA Guideline


On 15 September 2015, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) published the first edition of SPE-890. a Guideline for Accountable Management of End-of-Life Materials. The first-of-its-kind Guideline aims to help organizations make more effective and informed decisions by establishing a common set of definitions, performance metrics, and reporting requirements for current and prospective service providers with responsibilities for ensuring proper management of waste materials.

The Guideline was developed with the support of the Ontario Waste Management Association in an effort to provide waste purchasers with better information to make more informed decisions and to provide a more level-playing field for service providers responsible for the management of waste materials. The development of SPE-890 involved a rigorous process involving a multidisciplinary group of experts, industry, and government stakeholders. Through a series of consultations, the document was refined to focus on five key elements:

  • clear and consistent definitions
  • sustainable materials management hierarchy
  • consistent and meaningful materials tracking and reporting
  • calculations of performance rates; and
  • data verification audits

For more information or to purchase a copy of the guideline, please visit the CSA website.


There has been a great deal of interest by purchasers of services and so far in 2016 our understanding is following OWMA members have been verified to the Guideline:

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